Hunterdon Medical Center selects Order Set Solution from Thomson Healthcare to standardize care delivery

Greenwood Village 31 January 2007Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, New Jersey, is implementing Thomson Healthcare's Order Set Solution. The unique Order Set application improves a hospital's performance management in the medication care delivery and disease management process by providing evidence-based recommendations.

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"The Thomson Healthcare Order Set Solution will provide our physicians with customizable order sets written with the best available medical evidence in compliance with national quality and regulatory standards, clinical practice guidelines and evidence ratings for each disease state", stated Glenn Mamary, chief information officer, Hunterdon Medical Center. "As a six-year customer of Thomson Healthcare evidence-based content, we've experienced first hand its benefits including reduced errors derived from point-of-care decision support tools integrated with daily work flow. We chose this Order Set Solution to help our clinicians standardize the continuity of care to achieve our community hospital's goal of delivering safer health care services to our patients."

The Order Set Solution is an evidence-based library of order sets covering the most frequent hospital and emergency department diagnoses and procedures. The order set templates link to clinically consistent disease, lab and drug referential information from Thomson Healthcare updated with the latest evidence by a team of practising physicians and pharmacists.

Hunterdon Medical Center is implementing the Order Set Solution across its 178-bed facility. Additionally, Hunterdon is receiving the Thomson Knowledge Management Tool, which manages, customizes and exports the order sets and the order item catalogue to a variety of platforms: paper, clinician Web portal, intranet, Internet, or health information system with computerized physician order entry (CPOE).

"Many hospitals struggle to create and maintain their own orders, which is oftentimes a much larger project exceeding their expectations", stated William "B.J." Lawson, M.D., vice president of Client Solutions at Thomson Healthcare. "Thomson Healthcare provides the in-depth clinical expertise to help hospitals gain consensus and manage order set content. And, because the order sets are evidence-based, clinicians are assured they have the most accurate and authoritative information."

Continuing, Dr. Lawson stated: "The Order Set Solution is built for integration and flexible enough to support whatever health care information system is used by the hospital. We are proud to partner with Hunterdon Medical Center in making this one-of-a-kind resource an invaluable part of their integrated knowledge for physicians."

Add-on components for the Order Set Solution include an order catalogue with medical coding to facilitate mapping and integration to a hospital CPOE system; Thomson Professional Services for solution implementation; and built-in Boolean logic to assist with the physician's choice of the most appropriate order item. Executable orders will be available on mobile devices this year.

Hunterdon Medical Center, acknowledged as an expert in developing comprehensive medical and health care services, is a 178-bed non-profit community hospital. Its goal is to meet the needs with health care that is compassionate and effective. The hospital provides a full range of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic inpatient and outpatient hospital and community health services. The staff is committed to providing the highest quality care to the patients. Hunterdon Medical Center is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Thomson Healthcare is a provider of integrated decision support solutions that help health care organisations improve clinical and business performance. By combining real-time access to patient-specific information and evidence-based care recommendations with powerful benchmarking and analytics, Thomson Healthcare's solutions help providers drive actionable results that improve profitability, growth, quality of care and patient satisfaction. Thomson Healthcare is part of The Thomson Corporation. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more professionals in health care, scientific research, law, tax, accounting, and financial services. More company news is available in the VMW February 2007 article Spectrum Laboratory Network selects Thomson Healthcare for anytime, anywhere delivery of patient and laboratory data.


Leslie Versweyveld

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