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Electronic Health Records

Eclipsys Sunrise activated at Calgary Health Region

CALGARY – Eclipsys Corp., of Boca Raton, Fla., announced that Calgary Health Region’s Rockyview General Hospital has activated its Sunrise Clinical Manager 3.5 XA advanced clinical software solution.

The activation process was completed in March 2005, over a six-week period. Today more than 1,900 individual users are utilizing Sunrise Clinical Manager at the Rockyview General Hospital for patient lists and results viewing.

The advanced clinical solution provides clinicians with immediate access to patient medical records, lab results and integrated knowledge at the point of service. In early 2006, enterprise-wide activation of computerized physician order entry is expected to be completed at all three of Calgary Health Region’s urban, adult acute care centres – the Rockyview General Hospital, Foothills Medical Centre and Peter Lougheed Centre.

“The smooth implementation of Sunrise Clinical Manager is an important milestone in achieving 100 percent computerized physician order entry,” said Belinda Boleantu, project director responsible for clinical information systems, Calgary Health Region. “Our clinicians are excited about the ability to immediately view live lab results and perform trending with that data. In addition, our nurses are using the comment field for nurse-to-nurse communication more effectively.”

Led by Eclipsys and Calgary project managers, a team of Eclipsys professional services consultants and the hospital’s Information Technology staff and clinicians participated in a collaborative effort to ensure the system would meet the needs of physicians, nurses and other clinicians across the continuum of care.

To maximize acceptance of the system, clinicians were trained in a formal classroom setting. Physicians also received individual training as necessary and Calgary IT staffed a 24/7 support center to provide post-implementation support to all users.

“Clinician involvement in design and delivery has been a key factor in the successful activation at Rockyview General Hospital,” said Dr. Tom Rosenal, medical leader, Clinical Informatics, Calgary Health Region (pictured at left). “Physicians appreciate the ability to view transcribed reports immediately after transcription. In addition, patient care delivery is benefiting because physicians have a more complete picture of the patient’s record, such as allergies. We are looking forward to soon activating more of the functionality available in Sunrise Clinical Manager.”

“This is the first step in our goal to give clients and providers the advanced information technology they need to have an electronic health record as a fundamental tool in managing every aspect of healthcare,” said Bill Trafford, vice president of Advanced Technology for the Calgary Health Region.

“Eclipsys continues to increase its customer base in the Canadian healthcare market as more of the country’s health regions move towards an integrated electronic health record,” said Eugene V. Fife, Eclipsys' chairman, president and CEO. “We welcome the Calgary Health Region to our prestigious and growing list of Canadian customers.”

About Calgary Health Region
The Calgary Health Region is an integrated, publicly funded healthcare system serving a population of more than one million people in Calgary and the surrounding communities in the province of Alberta, Canada.

TheRegion operates three urban adult hospitals and one pediatric hospital in Calgary, as well as several community hospitals in satellite communities around the city, comprising more than 1,800 acute care beds. The Region provides a full range of acute care services as well as mental health, public health and long-term care health services. For more information, visit www.calgaryhealthregion.ca

About Eclipsys
Eclipsys is a leading provider of advanced clinical, financial and management information software and service solutions to more than 1,500 healthcare facilities. Eclipsys empowers healthcare organizations to improve patient safety, revenue cycle management and operational efficiency through innovative information solutions. For more information, see www.eclipsys.com
 

 

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