Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Selects Eclipsys As Comprehensive IT Partner
Agreement Represents One of the Largest in Eclipsys’ History; Calls for Extensive Use of Company’s IT Outsourcing and Hosting Services with Sunrise Enterprise to Integrate Clinical and Revenue Cycle Workflows
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Eclipsys Corporation(R) (NASDAQ: ECLP), The Outcomes Company(R), today announced that the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Mich., has signed a comprehensive agreement to deploy the company’s Sunrise Enterprise(TM) integrated suite of clinical and revenue cycle solutions. The broad-scale program, which includes extensive use of Eclipsys’ information technology (IT) outsourcing services, will create an integrated technology platform to support patient safety and care outcomes through automation and enhanced information access.
Comprehensive IT Partner for Care Improvement Goals and Clinical Research Initiatives
According to John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, key to the selection process was that Eclipsys’ computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system was identified as a solution capable of successfully managing the complex requirements for order entry and clinical documentation in an oncology environment.
“Our patients expect the most advanced care, which is supported by quick, online access to the latest patient information and evidence-based clinical knowledge,” Dr. Ruckdeschel explained. “It is important to adopt enabling technologies that are proven to support the complexities involved in cancer care and research. Our partnership with Eclipsys is another facet of providing world-class care to our patients.”
Clinical Integration across Departments and Care Settings
Karmanos plans to implement Sunrise Clinical Manager(TM) and its integrated modules, including Sunrise Acute Care(TM), Sunrise Pharmacy (TM), and Knowledge-Based Medication Administration(TM) to provide a closed-loop medication process and to streamline the information workflows and care coordination among physicians, pharmacists and nurses. In combination, the new technologies will help to reduce the risk of communications delays, safeguard medication dispensing and optimize the time of physicians, nurses and pharmacists alike.
Karmanos also will implement Eclipsys’ radiology information system and Sunrise Record Manager(TM), which will facilitate comprehensive chart tracking and requests, chart completion, release of information, electronic signature and medical record abstracting. In combination with the other selected Eclipsys solutions, Karmanos has set the stage to create a complete electronic medical record for its patients.
In addition to automating its acute care environments, Karmanos selected Sunrise Ambulatory Care(TM) to automate care delivery in its outpatient treatment centers, enabling a single integrated patient health record that will give clinicians access to the patient’s history of treatment and conditions to assist in making timely and accurate care decisions, regardless of the care setting.
Streamlined Registration and Improved Resource Utilization
In terms of financial workflow enhancement, Karmanos will deploy Eclipsys’ comprehensive revenue cycle management solution that covers the entire revenue cycle – from scheduling, to registration, to follow-up billing processes with Sunrise Access Manager(TM) and Sunrise Patient Financials(TM). The advanced solutions are designed to help improve cash flow, reduce claim denials and underpayments, generate first-time clean claims and enhance regulatory compliance, including pay for performance initiatives.
IT Outsourcing to Maximize Investment and Efficiencies
Karmanos also is using the Eclipsys IT outsourcing services. As part of the agreement, Eclipsys will provide additional expert staff to manage the IT infrastructure across its facilities, especially as Karmanos undergoes the multiple system implementation. As part of the IT outsourcing agreement, Karmanos’ IT employees will become employees of Eclipsys. Outsourcing services will encompass managing applications support, network management and help desk activities, as well as server and desktop computing. Eclipsys solutions will be remotely hosted by the ISO 9001:2000-certified Eclipsys Technology Solutions Center in Mountain Lakes, N.J.
Eclipsys is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top outsourcing service providers on The Global Outsourcing 100, which is issued by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals(TM) (IAOP(TM)). In 2008, Eclipsys was only one of two healthcare information technology (HIT) companies to be included on the list.
“We are proud Karmanos selected Eclipsys as a strategic partner to maximize patient safety, care quality and revenue cycle improvement outcome goals,” said R. Andrew Eckert, Eclipsys’ president and chief executive officer. “This agreement, which is one of the largest in our company’s history, is testament to the expertise Eclipsys can bring to a project of this scope, and it demonstrates the continued market recognition of the power of our solutions and the quality of our modern XA architecture. We look forward to working with the Karmanos team.”
About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Based in midtown Detroit, Karmanos is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for more than 6,000 new patients annually on a budget of $216 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, the Karmanos Cancer Center is among the nation’s best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 faculty members, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate cancer.
Eclipsys is a leading provider of advanced integrated clinical, revenue cycle, access management and business performance- improvement software and services that help healthcare organizations improve clinical, financial, operational and client-satisfaction outcomes. For more information, see www.eclipsys.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the IAOP
The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals(TM) (IAOP(TM)) is the global, standard-setting organization and advocate for the outsourcing profession. With 40,000 customer, advisor and provider members worldwide, IAOP helps companies increase their outsourcing success rate, improve their outsourcing ROI, and expand the opportunities for outsourcing across their businesses. To learn more, visit www.outsourcingprofessional.org.
Statements in this news release concerning the timing of features and benefits provided by Eclipsys software and services are forward- looking statements and actual results may differ from those projected due to a variety of risks and uncertainties. Implementation and customization of Eclipsys software is complex and time-consuming. Results depend upon a variety of factors and can vary by client. Each client’s circumstances are unique and may include unforeseen issues that make it more difficult than anticipated to implement or derive benefit from software. The success and timeliness of the company’s services will depend at least in part upon client involvement, which can be difficult to control. Eclipsys is required to meet specified performance standards, and the contract can be terminated or its scope reduced under certain circumstances. More information about company risks is available in recent Form 10-Q and 10-K filings made by Eclipsys from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Special attention is directed to the portions of those documents entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” Eclipsys Corporation and The Outcomes Company are registered trademarks of Eclipsys Corporation. Sunrise Laboratory, Power BANK, Sunrise Clinical Manager, and Sunrise Enterprise are trademarks of Eclipsys Corporation. Other product and company names in this news release are or may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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