July 8, 2008
Mary Washington Hospital Selects Patient Care Technology Systems’ Automatic Patient and Asset Tracking Solution for Emergency Department
Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR), today announced that Mary Washington Hospital (MWH) has selected the company's Amelior EDTracker(R) software to automatically track patients and assets in its over 100,000 census emergency department. The software will use ultrasound locating from PCTS partner Sonitor Technologies and will be integrated with an upgraded release of PCTS's Amelior ED(R) documentation system which has provided computer-based patient tracking and clinical charting in MWH's emergency department since 2002.
Unlike traditional patient tracking software, Amelior EDTracker works with leading real-time location technologies including ultrasound, infrared, active-RFID, and Wi-Fi to passively capture real-time location information. Wireless patient, staff and asset tags communicate their real-time location to a network of sensors positioned throughout the department. The PCTS automatic tracking software receives this information and applies ED-specific workflow rules which measure location, movement and interactions between patients, staff and clinical equipment in order to identify and communicate patient care milestones as they occur. Caregivers utilize configurable map and status view screens within Amelior EDTracker to anticipate and manage their workflow. All patient movement is automatically measured and time-stamped which is accessible through the software's extensive workflow reporting tool.
Amelior EDTracker is offered as a freestanding tracking solution and as an integrated module within the Amelior ED documentation system. Amelior ED is a comprehensive ED information system (EDIS) integrating manual or automatic patient and asset tracking, nurse and physician charting, computerized provider order entry, clinical decision support, prescription writing, disposition management and reporting. The system organizes all information for a patient's emergency department visit, including laboratory and radiology orders and results, within a single electronic medical record.
Mary Washington Hospital has used the Amelior ED system to manage patient flow in its emergency department since 2002. During this time, visits to MWH's emergency department have risen significantly. In 2007, the department treated over 100,000 patient visits making it one of the busiest departments in Virginia. In its initial year since deploying Amelior ED, emergency department expenses for transcription services were reduced by over half a million dollars as a result of more than a 90% decrease in dictation usage. Earlier this year, PCTS announced that the Amelior ED system has been used by its customers to support over one million emergency department patient visits to date.
"Mary Washington Hospital's emergency department was an early adopter of electronic medical records to improve workflow efficiency and to address rising patient volumes," said Tony Marsico, CEO of PCTS. "Integrating automatic patient and asset tracking as part of their ED information system configuration reflects their continued focus on leveraging intelligent workflow automation technologies to provide the best possible patient experience."
Amelior EDTracker and Amelior ED are part of PCTS's suite of intelligent workflow automation solutions. Companion systems provide automatic patient and asset tracking for perioperative suites and enterprise-wide entity locating.
About MediCorp Health System
MediCorp Health System is a fully integrated, regional medical system that provides inpatient and outpatient care through a variety of medical facilities. Mary Washington Hospital, a 442 bed regional hospital, is MediCorp's cornerstone. We are very active in the community by assisting community-based health and not-for-profit organizations. MediCorp has been serving the Fredericksburg community since 1899, when the original Mary Washington Hospital was opened. The original mission of the hospital was to care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. We continue to honor this commitment and remain not-for-profit, while providing the most technologically advanced medical care.
About Patient Care Technology Systems
Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR) supports health care providers with intelligent workflow automation solutions to improve patient flow and to reduce the risk of medical errors. The company's Amelior software suite includes Amelior ED, a comprehensive emergency department information system and automatic patient and asset tracking software for the emergency department, perioperative suite, and enterprise-wide needs. Amelior automatic tracking software is compatible with most real-time locating technologies including ultrasound, infrared, active-RFID, ultra-wideband and Wi-Fi. PCTS customers have been recognized nationally for improvements in efficiency and clinical excellence. PCTS was recognized with the prestigious Blue Diamond Award for Best IT Innovation in 2007. For more information, visit www.pcts.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. PCTS and CSLR caution you that any statements contained in this press release which are not strictly historical statements constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those related to PCTS's and CSLR's expectations regarding continued business growth. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, (copies of which may be obtained at the SEC's website at: http://www.sec.gov) -- could impact the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. PCTS and CSLR disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any such statements to reflect any change in PCTS and CSLR's expectations, or in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.
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SOURCE: Patient Care Technology Systems