Good Samaritan Hospital selects MEDSEEK to improve clinical collaboration and decision making

Birmingham 12 September 2007Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California, has selected MEDSEEK's Clinical Portal solution to enhance clinical decision-making by simplifying and improving access to the hospital's core and ancillary clinical systems.

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"MEDSEEK met our rigorous selection criteria: superior software and services, clinical integration experience, and the ability to expand to future enterprise eHealth solutions", stated Cindy Moeller, CIO and vice president of Information Systems at Good Samaritan Hospital, a 408-bed tertiary care hospital and a world-class academic medical centre affiliated with the USC Keck School of Medicine. "The combination of ease of use and enhanced clinical functionality supports our corporate goals to enhance patient care and clinical excellence while also continuing to attract and retain top-notch physicians to our medical staff."

Grace Berenguer-Cortez, RN, BSN, Clinical Information Systems' Physician Liaison on Good Samaritan Hospital's selection committee, elaborated on the advantages of MEDSEEK's clinical portal and data integration services, stating: "The new clinical portal solution will permit authorized users quick, remote access in a secure environment in order to facilitate the exchange of critical health care information. Easy access to real-time data advances informed medical decision-making and ultimately improves clinical outcomes."

In addition to clinical benefits, Good Samaritan Hospital anticipates considerable time and cost savings in work flow improvements and enhanced collaboration among its medical and nursing staffs. "Enhanced integration functionality throughout a medical enterprise yields immediate operational efficiencies including reduced paperwork, improved communications, better work flow management, and stronger relationships among clinicians, patients and the community", explained Mike Drake, CEO of MEDSEEK. "This new clinical Web platform will increase operational effectiveness for Good Samaritan Hospital, reduce its operating expenses and boost the bottom line."

Good Samaritan Hospital is named as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2007 by HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent health care ratings company. The recognition is based on outstanding clinical performance over a seven-year period. Good Samaritan Hospital is also recognized as Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence 5 years in a row.

First opened in 1885, Good Samaritan Hospital is a 408-bed tertiary care facility offering some of the most comprehensive care in Los Angeles. Specializing in cardiac services, women's services, orthopaedics, oncology, and ophthalmology, Good Samaritan Hospital offers Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, a Neurosciences programme featuring the Gamma Knife radiosurgery, an Opthalmologic Programme including Retinal Surgery, an Orthopaedic Surgical Programme including Sports Medicine, an Oncology Programme using the latest in radiation therapy - IMRT and HDR, Kidney Stone services, Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery Center, and Emergency Services.

Birmingham, Alabama-based MEDSEEK provides health care organisations with Enterprise eHealth solutions to fully engage and strengthen relationships with key constituents - physicians, patients, employees, and consumers. By connecting information and communities to foster an enhanced experience with the organisation, hospitals will improve community advocacy, revenue and patient throughput, and clinical decision making.

MEDSEEK's comprehensive technology platform and strategic consulting services create the infrastructure and provide the thought leadership for hospitals to deliver the most powerful Portal solutions. With more than ten years' experience and over 600 hospital customers, MEDSEEK has the experience and expertise to meet the diverse needs of the health care community. MEDSEEK also maintains offices in Alabama and Mississippi. More company news can be found in the VMW September 2007 article Yuma Regional Medical Center turns to MEDSEEK for enterprise eHealth strategic planning.


Leslie Versweyveld

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