Spanish University Hospital to pilot Mobile Clinical Assistant with Intel, Oracle and Orion Health

Palma de Mallorca 05 July 2007A group of health care technology providers comprising Intel, Oracle and Orion Health, are planning to pilot at the Hospital Universitario Son Dureta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the use of the new Motion C5 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) platform. Using RFID technology, integrated into the MCA, to read patient wristbands, the doctor or nurse will be able to access patient information such as demographics and clinical results - e.g. blood tests, scans etc.

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The deployment of Orion Health's clinical software onto the Motion C5 MCA will enable patient data to be available at the point of decision regardless of whether the patient is in a bed, on a stretcher, or being moved in a wheelchair. The health care professional will be able to validate the data by sharing it directly with the patient. The Motion C5 is based on the Intel mobile clinical assistant platform and was designed following Intel's extensive research with clinicians around the world.

"Hospital Son Dureta has made enormous progress in supporting clinicians with information technology in the past couple of years", stated Joan Marques, CIO at Hospital Son Dureta. "The next logical step is to make these information tools mobile so clinicians can access patient data wherever they happen to be in the hospital. We are excited about the potential of mobile devices such as Intel's MCA to improve clinical practice and deliver safer care to patients."

Orion Health and Oracle technologies are already implemented at Son Dureta Hospital, bringing together clinical data from multiple systems across the facility. The Oracle-Orion Health solution comprises a clinical web portal, a central repository for clinical data, and an electronic whiteboard for the accident and emergency department. These systems were implemented in 2006 in partnership with Fujitsu Services.

Son Dureta uses Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base (HTB) as a centralised, standards-based repository for clinical data. Relevant data from the hospital's various existing systems is fed into Oracle HTB via Orion Health's Rhapsody Integration Engine, where it is normalised to allow for automated clinical decision support and important clinical comparisons. Clinical information stored and maintained in Oracle HTB at Son Dureta Hospital includes clinical orders, lab test results and patient demographics.

Data stored in Oracle HTB is available for immediate recall and viewing by authorised clinicians via Orion Health's Concerto Medical Applications Portal. Concerto presents the HTB data in an on-screen format that is easy to read and act upon.

Located in the centre of Palma de Mallorca, Hospital Universitario Son Dureta is the largest health facility in Spain's Balearic Islands. It operates 900 beds and employs 4000 people across five facilities: a general hospital, a paediatrics department and three separate outpatient departments. The hospital also hosts the islands' reference laboratory, and is used for specialist tests that cannot be performed elsewhere. Approximately half of all clinical activity in the Balearics is conducted at Son Dureta.

Orion Health's easy-to-use solutions and applications improve patient care and clinical decision making by providing integrated health data in a single, unified view. By enhancing existing health care information systems, Orion Health's Rhapsody integration engine, Concerto clinical portal, and work flow solutions provide health care workers with easy access to patient data and trends, and reduce errors and omissions by streamlining information transfer.

Worldwide, Orion Health is implementing health information communities involving over 35 million patients with tens of thousands of active users. Orion Health's partners include leading health system integrators and IT vendors such as Accenture, IBM, Oracle Corporation and others. Orion Health has more than 1000 clients around the world, including University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection of the Balearic Islands (IB-Salut), the Ministry of Health of Valencia, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Oracle Corporation is a provider of software for information management with annual revenues in excess of $10 billion. In the health care sector Oracle helps enterprises to deliver more efficient services and improve patient safety through technology and applications that integrate clinical and administrative data from all sources providing a complete view of the patient (Electronic Health Record) and the health care organisation. More Oracle news can be found in the VMW April 2007 article AstraZeneca streamlines and integrates clinical image data with Oracle Database 10g.


Leslie Versweyveld

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