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High-acuity IT

Osler Health purchases entire Picis software suite

BRAMPTON, Ont. – William Osler Health Centre, one of the largest healthcare organizations in Ontario, has purchased the complete Picis CareSuite software suite, providing a comprehensive, end-to-end clinical information system to automate all of Osler’s high-acuity areas, including all their emergency departments, operating rooms and intensive care units. Picis, Inc., is based in Wakefield, Mass., and is an established provider of high-acuity care information systems.

Serving nearly one million area residents, William Osler Health Centre is comprised of three separate hospitals in the Toronto-metro region. As part of the first deployment under this agreement, Etobicoke General Hospital recently deployed and went live with ED PulseCheck, Picis’ emergency department information system.

“The high-acuity and high-volume areas of the hospital are where the application of technology can have a huge impact, both in care and cost,” said Judy Middleton, CIO at William Osler Health Centre. “Our previous experience using Picis technology, combined with the company’s solid reputation in high-acuity systems, provided the confidence to select Picis’ full automation suite. We believe that integrating technology with patient care is a core aspect of William Osler’s ability to provide better healthcare to our community.”

“We believe that this agreement illustrates our expertise and product strength in the automation and transformation of the entire high-acuity arena. William Osler Health Centre’s selection process included an evaluation of all the major enterprise healthcare IT vendors, as well as many single-department solutions,” said Picis President and CEO Todd Cozzens. “Picis technology helps our customers to provide better patient care, and demonstrable return on their IT investment. With this full implementation of our entire suite of CareSuite applications, William Osler Health is creating a complete continuum of care in the most resource intense and costly areas of the institution.”

Using Picis technology, WOHC plans to streamline the full continuum of high-acuity care processes, unifying and centralizing documentation and the capture of data from various medical and monitoring devices during the patient’s hospital stay. Picis’ multi-facility, integrated software replaces an existing product in the health system’s emergency departments and upgrades the surgical department with Picis’ total perioperative automation solution.

As part of the organization-wide enhancement efforts, WOHC is constructing a new state-of-the-art facility, Brampton Civic Hospital, renovating Etobicoke General Hospital, and redeveloping Peel Memorial Hospital, all of which will employ the Picis solutions.

About William Osler Health Centre
William Osler Health Centre is one of the largest hospitals in Ontario, serving a geographic area of over 2,400 square kilometers. As a regional referral centre, Osler provides programs and services to nearly one million area residents. Incorporated in 1998, William Osler Health Centre has three acute care sites – Etobicoke General Hospital located in Metropolitan Toronto, Peel Memorial Hospital located in Brampton and the newest facility, Brampton Civic Hospital also located in Brampton. The organization has a healthcare team consisting of more than 700 physicians, 3,700 caring staff and 900 dedicated volunteers.

About Picis
Picis is an established provider of innovative healthcare information technology solutions designed to transform the delivery of patient care information in the high-acuity areas of the hospital, including the emergency department, operating and recovery rooms and intensive care units. Picis offers the most advanced suite of integrated products focused on these life-critical areas of the hospital where the patients are the most vulnerable, the care process is the most complex and an increasing majority of hospital costs are incurred. Headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, Picis has licensed systems for use in more than 1,000 hospitals in 19 countries. More information is available at