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VCUHS uses PatientKeeper to enhance patient care and save time

PatientKeeper : 31 October, 2007  (New Product)
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) has deployed PatientKeeper as its physician information system.
Recognised in the past as one of the ‘Most Wired’ healthcare institutions in the USA Hospitals and Health Networks, VCU Health System now provides its physicians with a broad range of applications from PatientKeeper that interoperate and integrate with its existing Cerner and GE/IDX systems. The initiative was spearheaded and funded by MCV Physicians, a 600-physician, faculty group practice that is part of the VCU Health System organization.

Through the use of PatientKeeper’s patented mobile charge capture technology, VCUHS estimates that it will obtain at least a 500 percent return on investment (ROI).

“PatientKeeper is the first software that physicians actually get excited about because it saves them time and enhances patient care,” said Alistair Erskine, chief medical information officer of VCU Health System. “The enthusiasm of VCUHS physicians to use PatientKeeper helps ensure that the entire organization realises the financial and clinical benefits of the system. Moreover, VCUHS anticipates leveraging PatientKeeper’s track record of innovation for our future needs.”

“With PatientKeeper, VCU Health System now provides improved access to patient data and other clinical information at less cost than what it would be to outfit the organization with permanent workstations just to view labs. Mobile applications are more cost-effective and provide our physicians with better access to patient information, from lab results to past medical histories and medications,” continued Erskine.

VCUHS selected PatientKeeper because of its vast experience with other academic medical centers, proven return on investment from PatientKeeper Charge Capture, and the company’s ability to integrate with disparate information systems. Aggregating patient data in a standardised, interoperable format is consistent with VCUHS’ vision of a regional data exchange.

PatientKeeper’s Portal and Mobile Clinical Results applications allow VCUHS physicians to choose the form factor that works best for their own unique workflows without having to change their methods of providing care, whether they are at the patient bedside, in the office, or anywhere in between.

PatientKeeper will also serve as a part of the business continuation (downtime) plan for VCUHS’ Cerner system by combining direct integration to Cerner with a separate repository.

“By enabling physicians inside and outside of VCU Health System to access up-to-the-minute patient information, PatientKeeper effectively arms these providers with the data they need to provide the best care to the community,” said Paul W Brient, president and CEO of PatientKeeper. “PatientKeeper looks forward to continuing to work with VCU Health System and MCV Physicians to support the organizations’ mission of providing the most advanced and state-of-the-art treatments using the best technologies available.”

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