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Philips ready to go with Xtenity EMR for hospitals

Royal Philips Electronics has unveiled its new “Xtenity” portfolio of enterprise and departmental information technology (IT) solutions, a product suite that was developed through an alliance with Epic Systems Corp. of Madison, Wisc.

Epic is consistently rated as a top EMR system in the United States. In one recent large-scale contract, it was selected by Kaiser Permanente as the solution that will form the core of the IT system used in Kaiser’s hospitals and clinics.

“Epic will continue to market its EMR solutions to the larger hospitals in the United States, while Philips will target the mid-sized and smaller centers in the U.S. Over the coming year Philips will roll-out its Xtenity solution worldwide,” said Jeff Vachon (pictured at left), Director, Information Technology, for Philips Medical Systems Canada.

That includes Canada, where Vachon noted Philips recently won a major contract from Quinte Health Care, based in Belleville, Ont., for a digital imaging solution that integrates PACS, CR, DR and its latest 64 Slice CT across a regional network.

Xtenity Enterprise is said to be an integrated solution built around a core data repository. The solution includes clinical and administrative functions, including computerized physician order entry (CPOE), decision support tools, registration, scheduling, radiology information system, pharmacy, operating room information systems admission/discharge/transfer (ADT), billing and a patient portal – all designed to improve quality of care, drive efficiency, and enhance patient safety.

According to Philips, customers are demanding less complexity and tighter integration across their hospital enterprise. Philips Xtenity Enterprise addresses these issues by providing a single vendor solution, a single consistent user interface experience and web portal technology for enhanced patient and clinician communication.

In addition, it is open and configurable to match customer needs, while providing a single shared electronic health record across the healthcare enterprise.

“With a comprehensive portfolio of Healthcare IT solutions, Philips is moving the healthcare industry closer to the goal of an EHR with proven and integrated information management solutions,” said Stan Smits, CEO, Medical IT, for Philips Medical Systems. “We are excited to offer such a broad and dynamic range of departmental to hospital-wide IT solutions.

“Products like the new Xtenity Enterprise exemplify Philips approach to offering choice, flexibility of integration and interfacing, and clinical decision support, enabling clinicians, administrators, and technology professionals to better address key healthcare issues like patient safety, workflow, and overall care quality.”

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Metro Health will be the first customer to implement Philips Xtenity Enterprise, powered by Epic. As a healthcare organization consisting of Metropolitan Hospital and the 150-member Kent Health Care Physician Organization, a group offering both primary and specialty care services throughout the Grand Rapids community and surrounding counties, Metro Health requires solutions that create fluid and streamlined clinical workflow efficiencies.

“We are eager to partner with Philips and Epic to implement Xtenity Enterprise,” said William J. Lewkowski, vice president and CIO, Metro Health. “This comprehensive and proven system will better connect our extensive collection of healthcare offices and services, helping us deliver on our promise of safe and more efficient patient care. Our physicians, affiliates and patients will benefit from our strategy of information integration since it will help provide simplicity, efficiency, data integrity and patient safety.”

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