PASSAIC, NJ (November 30, 2009)
Hospital Announces Health Information Exchange (HIE) for Bergen, Essex and Hudson Counties
During a recent presentation to over 30 community physicians and medical office managers, St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey announced the completion of the first phase of a new Health Information Exchange (HIE) with their technology partner, STAT Technologies, Inc. of Hazlet, NJ.
"St. Mary's is dramatically changing the way we provide healthcare to the communities we serve," says William Cusick, St. Mary's Chief Financial Officer. "Now, for the first time, our community physicians, clinics, nursing homes and other healthcare agencies will be able to talk to each other, share information and even schedule surgeries and other procedures without having to pick-up the phone, send faxes or courier documents back and forth. Not only is this new system going to improve the quality of care for our patients, it will also save the hospital a significant amount of time and money."
STAT Technologies' STAT Exchange provides a unified view of a patient's information fed from multiple information systems within the hospital. Available information will include lab results, radiology reports, medical records, transcriptions, as well as Admission Discharge and Transfer (ADT) demographics. The system is completely Web-native and does not require any additional hardware for physicians.
All communications occurs over a secure, encrypted channel so that only authenticated users can see patient information. Access to patient information is limited by the patients themselves: only authorized users who are given consent by patients can access the system.
"Between now and the end of January, training for the 500+ St. Mary's physicians and their office staff will happen through webinars and face-to-face meetings, whatever is most convenient for them," says Paul Keller, Director of Business Development for STAT Technologies. And the outreach doesn't end with the physician offices. Keller points out that St. Mary's wants to include area nursing homes and the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) so that no matter where a patient goes, "their information will be available within seconds."
John Arch, St. Mary's Director of Information Technology emphasizes "the functionality doesn't end with just exchanging patient data. Physicians will be able to communicate with each other through secure messaging; they'll be able to electronically sign documents, and they'll even be able to eliminate a pile of billing forms each day because they will now be able to capture their professional fees with just a few clicks on their iPhones or laptop while they're making their rounds using the Charge Capture feature through the exchange."
Daniel P. Conroy, MD, St. Mary's Vice President of Medical Affairs states: "Early next year will mark another major milestone for the St. Mary's Exchange when community physicians who, for whatever reason, do not have their own Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, will be able to subscribe to the Exchange's Lite EMR module for a very affordable monthly fee that will give the doctor their own electronic prescriptions, progress notes, acute care charge capture, secure messaging and acute care patient charts - all of which will greatly contribute to patient safety, convenience and improved quality of care." Dr. Conroy adds, "and the Lite EMR will make the doctor eligible to receive Medicare's incentive payment beginning in 2011 under the "Meaningful Use" guidelines."
Arch emphasizes that they (the doctors) "don't have to make the costly computer hardware investment that's required by most EMR system vendors. With the St. Mary's Exchange Lite EMR module, the doctor and his office only need Internet capable computers with a secure logon ID and password that my department will manage."
St. Mary's President and CEO Michael J. Sniffen says "the St. Mary's Exchange marks yet another key step in our renewal. We're ready now to connect with any healthcare provider or organization that needs to share critical patient care information with us and our partners and we look forward to tying into the state-wide exchange, whenever they're ready - but we're ready now."
About St. Mary's Hospital
St. Mary's Hospital is the primary provider of quality healthcare to the Passaic and Bergen communities, as well as to areas of Essex and Hudson Counties. It is a non-profit acute care hospital offering a broad range of health care services and community outreach programs. St. Mary's Hospital is a Center of Excellence for Cardiology, Oncology, Behavioral Health, and Maternal-Child Health Services. The Hospital has 292 licensed beds, over 550 physicians and is the largest employer in Passaic. St. Mary's Hospital is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ.
About STAT Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1999 as STAT Schedules Technologies, now STAT Technologies, Inc., we were one of the first healthcare IT companies to develop Web-native scheduling solutions so every party in the care giving process was connected with the information they needed to deliver the highest level of quality patient care.
Today, STAT Technologies, Inc. offers a wide array of innovative, yet affordable Healthcare IT solutions including web-native Enterprise, Inpatient, Outpatient and Surgery Scheduling; Physician and Patient Portals, PDA-based Charge Capture and a robust Health Information Exchange platform including ePrescribing and eSigning.
Our IT Services division can support hospitals and health systems with on or off-site project management, customized application development, clinical and financial IS interoperability and business process improvement.
Jameson Health System has successfully completed the migration from a McKesson ORSOS system to STAT Surgery Management solution. The migration included the extraction of all information from the ORSOS system including preference cards and notes, the formatting of the information and importing into STAT Surgery Management. The implemented solution includes scheduling, preference card, surgeon blocks, documentation and charge capture and transfer into Siemens Financial system. The solution is also fully integrated into STAT Enterprise Scheduling; users can now see all the schedules for a patient across all departments.
STAT has released a web based, fully integrated Transport Management System. Lourdes Health System in Burlington County has been using this module, fully integrated with Inpatient Flow for the past six months. Bayshore Community Health Services has also purchased this module and are currently under implementation.
The STAT Physician Portal has been enhanced to include the following: Progress Notes for Physicians, EMPI integration with Initiate Systems, content management for Monarch project, added functionality to the web charge capture module and to watchlist functionality. STAT is currently working on providing eprescribing and IAM (Identity and Access Management) functionality on the portal.
VBMC goes live with the STAT' Surgery Management; VBMC will utilize the surgery scheduling, case log and PACU documentation and other functionality within the surgery module.
Lourdes Health System goes Live with a dynamic STAT' inpatient module interface to ORSOS Surgery Management. With this interface Clinicians at the nursing units can see complete patient itineraries, including surgery schedules. The pre-registration department uses the worklist created by STAT' from this interface to pre-register Surgery patients.
Lourdes Health System goes Live with the STAT' inpatient scheduling and patient Flow technology enterprise wide at both the Camden and Burlington Campus. As part of the inpatient module STAT provides an order entry interface with Siemens Invision Clinical Module, a transport interface to Teletracking and a web interface to the Soarian Clinical Access. With the Soarian Clinical Access, clinicians can review patient and unit itineraries with a single click on the Soarian Access desktop.
STAT Web Charge Capture is now available on PDAs (iPhone, Blackberry, Palm) allowing Physicians to enter charges and diagnoses during patient rounds. In real time, this data is transmitted back to a secure Web portal for integration with physician practice and billing systems. Providing this service reduces lost charges, significantly decreases physician time spent recording and managing charges, and makes it easy for doctors to conduct business in your hospital. A demo of the feature is available upon request.
Prior to the advent of the iPhone entering charges on your mobile device was very cumbersome. Now, with the new STAT Web Charge capture module for the PDAs you can easily capture charges at the point of service, with just a few simple touches. Below are some comments from physicians:
- "I was amazed at how easy this was to use. Great job!"
- "I had seen other web charge capture products for mobile devices, but found them to be too cumbersome to use. I was surprised at how simple it was to enter charges."
After entering your charges for the day, they can be reviewed on a secure web site; the charges can be send or entered directly into your billing system.
STAT went live with scheduling and an Appointment Reminder System in the Radiology and Heart Station departments at the two hospitals in the Lourdes Health System, a member of the Catholic Health East.
Blood Donor Group at Princeton Healthcare System
Princeton Healthcare system has purchased the integrated eMail notification module to remind Donors of their eligibility dates. PHS has been using the STAT' Patient Scheduling for Radiology, Cardiopulmonary, Pain Clinics, Breast Health Center and the Blood Donor Group. The eMail module is integrated with the scheduling module and has built in rules to determine the eligibility rules for Blood Donation.
Vassar Brothers Medical Center Goes Live with inpatient Scheduling
STAT Technologies has implemented its proprietary automated inpatient scheduling module at the 350 Bed Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie New York. This module allows the ancillary departments to efficiently schedule inpatients from work lists (created by capturing the clinical orders), provides an itinerary to the patient and the nursing units with preps for their procedure and automates notification to their Teletracking based central transport system. The objectives for the inpatient system was to improve patient satisfaction, better utilization of resources, reduction in length of stay and improved communications between nursing units, ancillaries and transport.
Putnam Hospital Center goes live with Surgery Scheduling and Log Book Documentation
PHC went live with STAT' Web based Surgery Scheduling and Log Book Documentation Module. PHC was utilizing the SurgiServe Scheduling which was being sunset.
Richmond University Medical Center
STAT Technologies Solutions implemented a web based Clinic Scheduling Module for more than 40 Clinics at RUMC. STAT assisted in the building of attending physician and resident templates and automated the electronic download of all future and past appointments to retain a complete patient history. RUMC was using the Eclipsys SDK module for scheduling prior to their implementation of STAT solution.
Lourdes Health System (member of Catholic Health East)
STAT Technologies in partnership with Healthserve Solutions was awarded the RFP bid to implement STAT' 100% web Enterprise Inpatient and Outpatient Scheduling at the two hospitals in the Lourdes Health System, part of Catholic Health East (CHE) system. The implementation also includes a physician portal for physician scheduling of services for his/her patients, a patient portal for self scheduling, a complete pre-registration interface, Medical Necessity checking at point of scheduling, interface to Transportation system and an integrated Voice and eMail appointment reminder system.
June 27, 2007
STAT has completed the development of its inpatient scheduling module. In trial at Vassar Brothers Hospital, NY.
June 15, 2007
Richmond Hill Medical Center, Staten Island, NY has signed up with STAT for scheduling at their clinics.
May 30, 2007
St. Mary Hospital went live with STAT Surgery Management Suite. The hospital was using McKesson's ORBIT system which is no longer supported. STAT imported all data from the ORBIT system including preference cards into the Surgery module. The surgery system interfaces to Eclipsys registration/financial system. All charges are automatically sent to the financial system after a case is completed.
April 25, 2007
Highest score received by KLAS for "Early Data Section" for its web Enterprise Scheduling.
March 19, 2007
Jameson Hospital, PA signed up with STAT for its Enterprise Wide WEB Scheduling.
January 29, 2007
Per-Se Technologies contracted with STAT for additional software development work.
STAT has successfully implemented its Physician Portal at HealthServe hospitals. STAT replaced the existing vendor solution and within the first few weeks of implementation, there were over 500 physicians accessing the application. Caregivers can access patients’ information from the various hospital systems from a single unified view. Patient information includes reports, results, orders, charges, admission and discharge, information, etc. STAT continues to add new features and capabilities to the application.
STAT has been contracted by Fuji Medical System to develop a custom software module for their PACS.
STAT has been contracted by Per-Se Technologies to develop a custom software application for their Staff Scheduling solution.
Imaging Center Group in New York selects STATRIS, SSI's Radiology Information Systems solution.
- SSI's Operating Room work flow implemented at Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in Central New Jersey.
- Radiology implemented in Midwest Radiology, Chicago. SSI solution implemented as an ASP. Two out of a total of five sites are live with three more to go live shortly. Solution allows scheduling for any site from any of the facilities without leased or dedicated lines between the facilities.
- Opened development center at Danbury,CT. All new product enhancements and product pipelines will be designed and developed at this facility. All operations and maintenance will be done from the NJ office and all marketing and sales will continue from our NY office.
- Released to Raritan Bay Medical Center, NJ the Admitting module as part of the OR implemented. With the addition of the Admitting module, the communications between OR, PAT and Admitting departments are streamlined for better efficiencies and accurate patient information. The solution communicates between the different departments using Alert Mechanisms whereby the 3 departments are informed if any action is to be taken. Alerts are maintained on the system until the appropriate action is taken.
- Completed custom software development for PACS Vendor.
- Patent application filed for the scheduling solution.
- PAT module added to the Scheduling solution at Raritan Bay Medical Center, NJ. With the addition of this module, communication between OR and PAT departments are streamlined, resulting in timely, accurate patient information transfer and overall improved efficiencies.
- Completed Interactive Voice Response enhancements to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Metropolitan Transit Authority of Baltimore. The Interactive Voice Response system was built by Next Generation Information to give out Fare and Schedule Information to transit passengers. These systems currently handle over 10,000 incoming calls per day.
- Completed transaction processing system design for Corebrix Corporation, NC. Provided complete architecture proposal to Corebrix Corporation.
- Live with Internet based Operating Room Scheduling at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge Division, NJ. The OR scheduling does conflict checking for equipment and staff while providing possible schedule dates.
- Signed contract with Corebrix Corporation for high level transaction processing system architecture design.
- Radiology implemented at Jersey Shore Medical Center, NJ. SSI solution provided as an ASP. All radiology modalities (MRI, CT, NM, Ultrasound, General Radiology and END) are supported. System includes applicable ICD codes, procedure specific questions and instructions, procedure conflict resolution, better resource utilization, point and click configuration resulting in increased revenues and accurate patient treatment