August 5, 2008

Zynx Health Accelerates Standardization of Order Sets at Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Care Health System, Delaware's largest not-for-profit healthcare provider, announced it has met an ambitious goal for building evidence-based order sets with help from Zynx Health, the leader in evidence-based healthcare.

Christiana Care uses ZynxOrder(TM), a knowledge management system, to create, customize, and maintain evidence-based order sets. In an effort to help clients such as Christiana Care expedite the order set build process, Zynx recently launched its ZynxOrder Acceleration Program. The program pairs clinicians from the Zynx Medical Affairs team, who are experts in customizing evidence-based order sets, with Zynx clients to drive rapid reconciliation and integration of existing paper-based order sets. The team from Zynx worked side-by-side with clinicians at Christiana Care to get a number of order sets built by their May 1, 2008, deadline for distribution to the physicians, pharmacy, and lab for review and consensus.

"The process of validating the order sets that Zynx has developed, with appropriate Christiana Care customizations, has provided a unique opportunity for more than 50 physicians to become involved with the CPOE project in a leadership role," said Terri Steinberg, MD, chief medical information officer at Christiana Care.

"We are pleased to have been able to help Christiana Care meet its order set development goal," said Kris Berkery, MD, national physician executive at Zynx. "This project gave us the opportunity to work closely with the Christiana Care team to accelerate the build of order sets that will help facilitate evidence-based care for patients in the communities it serves."

About Zynx Health

Zynx Health, a subsidiary of Hearst Corporation, is the leading provider of evidence-based clinical decision support. Its team of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals rigorously reviews the latest peer-reviewed literature to develop clinical summaries and distill evidence-based best practices that help improve the quality of patient care. More than 1,400 hospitals nationwide trust evidence-based decision support from Zynx Health to address regulatory initiatives, optimize pay-for-performance reimbursement, and measurably improve the quality and safety of patient care. For more information about Zynx Health, visit or call 888.333.ZYNX (9969).

About Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Care Health System, which dates back to 1888, is one of the region's largest not-for-profit healthcare providers, serving the people of Delaware as well as neighboring areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. A teaching hospital, Christiana Care is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer, and women's health services, as well as Level-I trauma care and Level-3 neonatal intensive care (both highest capability). Christiana Care operates two hospitals, transitional care services, preventive medicine and rehabilitation services, a network of primary care physician offices, and an extensive range of outpatient and home health services. Christiana Care provided $32.4 million of charity care last year.