Electronic health records
Eclipsys implemented at Osler Health
ETOBICOKE, Ont. – William Osler Health Centre’s Etobicoke General site
has become the first healthcare organization to activate the Eclipsys
Clinical Advantage (ECA) advanced clinical information solution, from
Eclipsys Corp., of Boca Raton, Fla.
The new Eclipsys product offering was activated late last fall at the
276-bed Etobicoke General.
ECA comprises the Sunrise Clinical Manager, the foundation of the
Eclipsys Sunrise advanced clinical information suite, and The Shams
Group Astro Interface Engine. Together, the systems enable real-time
integration with MEDITECH Magic and/or client/server applications.
As a result, ECA provides healthcare organizations with all of the
advantages of Eclipsys’s advanced Sunrise Clinical Manager solution,
while enabling them to retain the investments in their existing MEDITECH
Care providers work exclusively within Sunrise Clinical Manager and
utilize the clinical information system’s powerful workflow advantages –
which at Osler currently includes evidence-based clinical content within
context and advanced interdisciplinary clinical documentation.
The advanced technology underlying the Astro Interface Engine enables
real-time synchronization with the MEDITECH system without the need for
As a result, patient data entered into Sunrise Clinical Manager flows
directly to the Astro Interface Engine, essentially making Sunrise
Clinical Manager act as a module within the MEDITECH system. This
greatly simplifies integration and maximizes system performance.
After activation, William Osler nurses quickly began using the Emergency
Department Tracking Board and structured note creation for triage of
incoming Emergency patients. Physician adoption is considered excellent,
with doctors utilizing the system to review new results, reports and
documents, as well as historical information on patients who have been
“In the ED, the Eclipsys solution is enabling nurses to provide faster
triage, and to track the status of patients as they’re moving through
the department or waiting for treatment,” said Heidi Brown,
She noted that emergency room visits to the Etobicoke General site have
been growing rapidly of late, due to the fast population growth in areas
on the outskirts of Toronto. Computerized systems will play a big part,
she said, in helping reduce bottlenecks in emergency departments and
smooth the progress of patients through a healthcare facility.
“With this solution, you can even start registering the patient right
from the ambulance,” she said. Other advanced features of the ED system
include alerts to let doctors and nurses know how long patients have
been waiting; icons on boards to quickly and clearly show care-givers
the status of patients and whether they need diagnostic tests; automated
reporting functions to help reduce paperwork and provide administrative
staff with more comprehensive information; multilingual discharge
instructions for patients, informing them of how to take medications and
care for themselves once they return home.
“We have developed this new solution set to enable progressive
organizations, such as William Osler Health Centre, to add all of the
advantages of our Sunrise Clinical Manager and its comprehensive
clinical decision support capabilities and robust functionality, while
continuing to derive value from their existing MEDITECH investment,”
said R. Andrew Eckert, Eclipsys president and chief executive officer.
“With ECA, William Osler Health Centre is now positioned to achieve its
goals of increasing physician adoption of a computerized physician order
entry (CPOE) system and providing a complete electronic health record
for every patient.”
About William Osler Health Centre
William Osler Health Centre is one of the largest hospital corporations
in Ontario, with approximately 600 beds, 3,700 staff, 670 physicians and
1,000 volunteers. The organization includes two acute care sites in
Etobicoke and Brampton, with construction under way for a new acute care
facility, the 608-bed Brampton Civic Hospital, projected to open in fall
2007. The new Brampton Civic Hospital is
estimated to accommodate 90,000 emergency patient visits and 160,000
ambulatory care visits annually. For details, see
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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