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St Jansdal Hospital installs Lorenzo EPD viewer to support regional EHR project

ISoft : 22 May, 2008  (Application Story)
St Jansdal Hospital in the Netherlands has installed iSOFT's Lorenzo EPD viewer as part of a regional Electronic Health Record Elektronisch Patientendossier (EPD) project.
Lorenzo EPD viewer allows GPs operating in the community to view patient records as well as laboratory, radiology and pathology reports at the hospital at Harderwijk.

The Lorenzo EPD viewer enables GPs to securely view records and reports in real-time via a conventional web browser. They can also retrieve radiology images from the hospital’s Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). GPs have direct entry to the relevant results of medical tests of their patients as recorded in the hospital and have faster access to more comprehensive information, so the quality of patient care can be greatly improved. The data accessible through the Lorenzo EPD viewer is automatically synchronised with St Jansdal’s general Hospital Information System, so all data is entered just once and is always up-to-date.

Currently, three GPs are using the viewer but the hospital intends to quickly extend to more GPs and also to hospital staff to access patient records at home. This is expected during autumn 2008.

St Jansdal Hospital and iSOFT have also agreed to a further roll-out of Lorenzo at the hospital and in the local health economy. In migrating to Lorenzo the hospital will become an early adopter and will have early access to new functionality and the latest Lorenzo releases and benefit from its rich functionality.

Initially, Lorenzo will be deployed for clinical surgery to create a paperless office. This will utilise the patient management tools, results reporting, requesting and sophisticated clinical data capture functionality in the latest release.

“The Lorenzo EPD viewer going live at St Jansdal Hospital, together with the commitment to the further roll-out, is an important milestone for iSOFT,” said Gary Cohen, executive chairman and chief executive officer of IBA Health Group, iSOFT’s parent company. “It underlines iSOFT’s position as a provider of innovative healthcare solutions. Solutions that enable healthcare institutions, specialists, GPs and pharmacists to collaborate more easily and efficiently leading to better care for patients.”

St Jansdal Hospital wants to actively participate in the growing trend of patient-centred regional healthcare processes, which require seamless and efficient collaboration between all healthcare providers. In this respect accessibility and exchangeability of patients’ records play a key role, as they allow optimum distribution of responsibilities among the participants.

The hospital wants to be a frontrunner in the development of regional healthcare ICT infrastructure and sees the introduction of the Lorenzo EPD viewer as an important milestone. The decision to opt for iSOFT follows its success with iSOFT’s current Electronic Health Record called Mirador. The hospital is committed to improving patient care using cutting-edge medical ICT solutions.

“We are happy to be able to disclose crucial patient data to the GPs in our region,” said Wout Adema, member of the Board of Management of St Jansdal Hospital. “iSOFT has delivered a good solution of which we have high expectations. Now we will start working, together with iSOFT, on the further roll-out to GPs in the region and medical specialists, so that they can view the information from home. We will also look at further additions of functionality, such as order management and additional EPR functionality.”
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