DiagnosisONE is proud to partner with Wellmont Health System to provide the tools they need to help implement their patient safety initiatives
Nashua, N.H. (PRWEB) October 10, 2007
In the wake of Medicare's announcement to cut reimbursements to hospitals for some preventable medical errors such as bed sores, infections and certain falls, hospitals across the country are turning to technology to help.
In a plan to develop the first comprehensive approach to patient safety, Wellmont Health System, a premier healthcare provider in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, has helped to create the Safest Hospital Alliance to combat the growing epidemic of medical errors in hospitals. The Safest Hospital Alliance seeks to define how a "safe" hospital should function and treat patients.
To help implement this industry leading program Wellmont Health System has turned to DiagnosisONE to deploy its state-of-the-art Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system.
"We are looking to DiagnosisONE as being the key element to help us get real-time information on patient data to affect patient outcomes," said Anthony Oliva, D.O., Chief Medical Officer of Wellmont Health Systems.
Wellmont Health System will be using the real-time alerts generated by the DiagnosisONE D1.Pathway CDS system to help prevent errors.
D1.Pathway is a cutting edge, comprehensive web service that allows care providers to monitor a patient's history, medications, vital signs, laboratory and radiology data and to issue severity based actionable recommendations when certain events occur. These recommendations alert care providers to perform clinical tasks that prevent errors and enhance care such as in preventing falls and improving care around heart disease and other chronic conditions. At Wellmont D1.Pathway will be integrated with over seven different McKesson and Cerner systems to monitor specific events in real time and generate P4P, quality and safety alerts in response to those events.
D1.Pathway is the only CDS product available today that can help providers address all the major clinical workflows, including point-of-care, pre-encounter, post-encounter and periodic care analysis as well as supporting the alerts and reporting needed by pay-for-performance quality initiatives. The product is an HL7-based web service that can deliver alerts and guidelines to EMR systems, provider portals, faxes and phones. D1.Pathway's superiority over other products lies in the breadth and depth of its medical content as well as cutting edge technology that ensures that only the most appropriate, time sensitive alerts are sent to responsible care providers.
DiagnosisONE has developed a wide range of rules applicable and adaptable to hospitals, ambulatory centers, and IDNs allowing them to best achieve their safety initiatives, meet regulatory compliance and prevent errors.
"DiagnosisONE is proud to partner with Wellmont Health System to provide the tools they need to help implement their patient safety initiatives," said Mansoor Khan, CEO of DiagnosisONE, when announcing the new business contract with Wellmont recently. "Through its creation of the Safest Hospital Alliance, Wellmont is a leader in patient safety. Our product will help them achieve their goals to reduce healthcare costs and eliminate preventable medical errors from ever occurring."
Since the Institute of Medicine reported that as many as 99,000 Americans die as a result of medical errors each year, costing $37 billion annually, there has been a higher emphasis by hospitals on patient safety. The Community and Rural Hospital Leadership Initiative, for example, observes that rural hospitals are funding and implementing patient safety initiatives. Wellmont is on the leading edge of this trend and sees the DiagnosisONE solution as a key to its successful implementation.
DiagnosisONE, an innovative leader in the healthcare IT industry, develops and markets Intelligent Connectivity Solutions. Those solutions allow customers in the clinical and public health environments to collect data from disparate sources, apply clinical and bioterrorism rules to those data, and deliver the resulting information to care providers and decision-makers. DiagnosisONE's customers include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, numerous state departments of health, integrated delivery networks, health plans and health systems. For more information, visit the web site, http://www.diagnosisone.com.