Clinical Information Systems Breed Efficiency

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HIMSS 360HIMSS attendees in the market for clinical information solutions are sure to find a system that nabs healthcare’s Holy Grail. That is, new solutions are addressing patient safety, efficiency and the bottom line, enabling healthcare enterprises to improve patient care while maximizing staffing resources and revenue. ED options, nursing solutions and RFID (radio frequency identification) systems are just a few of the highlights on the show floor. Stay tuned for more.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth #6737) is introducing new patient-centric IT solutions designed to enable customers to make significant steps towards the automation of electronic clinical pathways. At HIMSS, Agfa is showing the iPlan Enterprise Scheduler and the Clinical Dashboard as works in progress. Agfa also is showcasing ORBIS, a works in progress full hospital and clinical information system (HIS/CIS).

The iPlan Enterprise Scheduler permits web-based scheduling throughout a hospital’s continuum of care.

The Clinical Dashboard allows one transparent and integrated view of all patient information from existing clinical systems.

Agfa’s ORBIS works in progress hospital and clinical information system Agfa is demonstrating automated clinical workflows including:

  • Patient Registration and entry into a variety of automated clinical paths
  • Drag and Drop patients from an eWaiting list to the Graphical Unit View for heads up display of patient management and alerts
  • Schedule or order any exam, anywhere
  • A patient’s trip through the imaging portion of a clinical pathway in radiology or cardiology
  • How results are distributed throughout the enterprise
  • Process by which patients take home their records and manage their healthcare remotely
  • How a Nurse Charting and Documentation module can optimally support the documentation requirements within the clinical nursing departments. Users can deploy a Graphical Workflow Designer to tailor the implementations to the specific needs of their clinical processes including assessments, care plans, interventions and discharge summaries.

GE Healthcare (Booth #441) is launching Centricity Enterprise Solution & Remote Services which offers integrated clinical, financial and administrative solutions via an ASP model. Hospitals using Centricity Enterprise Remote Services will have access to enterprise-wide clinical and financial applications, without the initial outlay required to purchase hardware and software, and without dedicating resources to implementing, maintaining and upgrading the software. Customers will utilize leading digital healthcare applications such as computerized order processing, nursing and physician documentation and electronic medication administration record (MAR), patient management, accounting, registration and scheduling.

HealthGate (Booth #860) is debuting Collaboration Architect, an online, permissions-based, collaboration/content management/workflow solution specifically designed to meet the needs of teams from multiple disciplines within a healthcare setting. 

Collaboration Architect addresses collaboration/content management issues affiliated with clinical decision support and aids these needs for different departments that exist within hospitals to include everything from clinical documents (e.g. order sets, patient safety checklists, and patient education) to administrative documents (e.g. contracts, bylines, policies and procedures).

McKesson Corp. (Booth #1215) is sharing its portfolio of solutions designed to make healthcare safer and more efficient, including Patient Compass and Horizon Clinicals. The company also is highlighting its just-completed acquisition of Per-Se Technologies.

Patient Compass solution improves patients’ ability to pay bills by providing 24 x 7 online bill payment access. Patient Compass gives patients the ability to easily understand their financial obligations and the tools to pay their bills. By simplifying the billing experience, providers can increase cash flow, reduce self-pay A/R days and improve patient satisfaction.

Horizon Clinicals is a suite of next-generation, integrated solutions for physicians and other clinicians. It includes the Connecting Physicians offering, which leverages e-prescribing and online physician-patient communication solutions.

The Per-Se acquisition positions McKesson to offer a comprehensive portfolio of revenue cycle management solutions and clearinghouse connectivity and help its customers address consumer-directed healthcare, pay for performance and pricing transparency.

Meditech (Booth