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Sarasota Memorial Marks 50 Millionth Milestone

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Nov/25/2009

SARASOTA --Nov. 23, 2009-- Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recently entered its 50 millionth order into its electronic health record (EHR) system. The notable physician order was entered by emergency medicine specialist Bill Colgate, MD.

“There is perhaps no other initiative we have taken more seriously or invested more time and resources in than our electronic medical system and the safety features it lends to patient care,” said Denis Baker, Sarasota Memorial’s Chief Information Officer. “To remain a leader in this rapidly evolving technological world is a testament to our medical staff’s extraordinary commitment and dedication to patient safety and the most advanced medical care.”

Sarasota Memorial – recognized repeatedly as one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and one of America’s Safest Large Hospitals by Forbes – is one of only 4.1 percent of U.S. hospitals at Stage 4 of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model, which is designed to assess the penetration of clinical information technology use within U.S. healthcare organizations. Overall nearly half (49 percent) of American hospitals have yet to reach Stage 3 on the EMR Adoption Model.

The 806-bed community hospital on Florida’s Gulf Coast has been using Eclipsys’ health information technology to redesign its workflow processes and improve care quality and efficiency since 1998. Since that time, the hospital has developed a fully integrated system, redesigning its workflow systems and replacing virtually all of its paper documentation with electronic processes.

Physicians, nurses and other care providers now place 99.9 percent of the hospital’s patient care orders and care notes electronically, reducing the risks associated with illegible handwritten orders and providing physicians with rapid access to their patient’s medical history, test results and other information needed for clinical decision-making. The electronic medical record (EMR) also offers allergy and medication safety alerts and lets physicians instantly review and manage their patients’ care at any time from any place they have internet access – from their homes, their offices, even their cars.

The results have been well received: Improved turnaround times for X-rays, lab work and other tests, as well as fewer delays between order submission and administration of medications. Physicians and nurses no longer waste time searching the chart for paper lab slips or reports or clarifying illegible orders, and in many cases, electronic order sets have standardized “best practices” for nurses and doctors.

“We have the highest regard for Sarasota’s leadership in their use of HIT to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care,” said Jay Deady, Eclipsys’ executive vice president of Client Solutions. “Given the low level of technology adoption among U.S. hospitals today, this order entry milestone demonstrates the distinguished leadership within the Eclipsys client base. It also showcases our clients’ satisfaction with superior solutions that offer highly complex clinical decision support capabilities and workflows that can be easily tailored to how physicians practice medicine.”

Nationwide, scores of Eclipsys client hospitals and health systems are achieving high CPOE adoption and outcomes. A few examples include:

  • St. Clair Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA) has successfully used Eclipsys’ CPOE solution to standardize anticoagulant therapies to prevent patient blood clotting. St. Clair’s CPOE heparin infusion protocols, for example, have resulted in a 43 percent reduction in heparin infusion-related occurrences in inpatient units and an overall hospital reduction of 24 percent.
  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center (Bronx, NY), the largest voluntary, not-for-profit healthcare system in south and central Bronx, recently activated Eclipsys’ ambulatory EHR, Sunrise Ambulatory Care™ in a 40-doctor multispecialty clinic in less than six months. The activation builds upon the successful use of Eclipsys’ CPOE solution at its 579-bed hospital. Because of the integration between the two solutions, most of the orders set templates required for the ambulatory EHR were already in place.
  • Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (Omaha, NE) has achieved a voluntary adoption rate of CPOE of 79 percent. Prescribing and transcription mediation errors reaching the patient fell from 0.89/1000 orders to 0.51/1000 orders for orders entered via CPOE. Transcription errors were eliminated when CPOE was used.

Eclipsys’ CPO solution, Sunrise Acute Care™, contains the input of thousands of physicians for evidence-based order sets and frequently used protocols to achieve unmatched, continuous evolution in its clinical decision support and order entry application. The intuitive, easy-to-adopt solution supports fully automating even the most complex order sets and medication ordering, including the exacting protocols, long-range medication schedules and complicated treatment plans commonplace in oncology and pediatric care environments.

According to the KLAS CPOE Digest 2009: Meaningful Use and Physician Adoption report, 25 percent of the total number of doctors doing CPOE on a commercial system use Eclipsys. The company also continues to have the highest physician satisfaction from clients who use its system, and on average, highly customizable ordering capabilities allow a physician to order faster than any other CPOE solution on the market.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is the second-largest acute care public health system in Florida, with about 4,000 staff, 750 physicians and about 500,000 ER, inpatient and outpatient visits a year. With an 806-bed acute care hospital and comprehensive network of outpatient services – pain care, rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and laboratory, home health and a nursing home among its many services – Sarasota Memorial offers the region’s greatest breadth and depth of care. It is the only hospital in Southwest Florida that has ranked repeatedly among U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals,” the only one recognized among “America’s Safest Large Hospitals” by Forbes and the only one awarded Magnet Nursing Services Recognition – the nation’s highest honor for excellence in nursing. For more information, visit www.smh.com.

About the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model
HIMSS Analytics, the authoritative source on EMR Adoption trends, devised the EMR Adoption Model to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. The EMRAM scores hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database on their progress in completing the 8 stages to creating a fully paperless patient record environment. For more information see www.himssanalytics.org.

About the KLAS CPOE Digest 2009
The KLAS CPOE Digest 2009 compiled data from healthcare executives, managers and clinicians. The study provided detailed information on several criteria including current CPOE usage at healthcare organizations, product capabilities and vendor performance.

About KLAS KLAS is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors. KLAS' mission is to improve delivery, by independently measuring vendor performance for the benefit of its healthcare provider partners, consultants, investors, and vendors. Working together with executives from over 4500 hospitals and over 2500 clinics, KLAS delivers timely reports, trends, and statistics, which provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry. KLAS measures performance of software, professional services, and medical equipment vendors. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com.

About Eclipsys Eclipsys is a leading provider of advanced integrated clinical, revenue cycle and performance management software, clinical content and professional services that help healthcare organizations improve clinical, financial and operational outcomes. For more information, see www.eclipsys.com. Statements in this news release concerning the timing of implementation and features and benefits provided by Eclipsys software, ARRA qualification, evidence-based content and implementation services are forward-looking statements and actual results may differ from those projected due to a variety of risks and uncertainties. Implementation and customization of Eclipsys software is complex and time-consuming. Results depend upon a variety of factors and can vary by client. Each client’s circumstances are unique and may include unforeseen issues that make it more difficult than anticipated to implement or derive benefit from Eclipsys software or services. The success and timeliness of the company’s services will depend at least in part upon client involvement, which can be difficult to control. Eclipsys is required to meet specified performance standards, and the contract can be terminated or its scope reduced under certain circumstances. ARRA qualification requires compliance with standards that are still evolving, and satisfaction of those standards may be delayed. More information about company risks is available in recent Form 10-Q and 10-K filings made by Eclipsys from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Special attention is directed to the portions of those documents entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” Eclipsys Corporation and The Outcomes Company are registered trademarks of Eclipsys Corporation. Sunrise Ambulatory Care and Sunrise Acute Care are trademarks of Eclipsys Corporation. Other product and company names in this news release are or may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Source: Eclipsys Corporation Eclipsys Corporation

Date Published: November 25, 2009

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