From Physicians to Portals: Carefx Clients to Offer Insights from the Insides of the Health Enterprise at HIMSS 2008

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Leading healthcare organizations offer multiple opportunities to examine real-life examples of successful integration, information exchange and physician satisfaction strategies through utilizing a data aggregation platform.

Improving Physician Alignment-The Next Wave in Physician Portals-A Case Study at Children's Medical Center, Dallas

At the 2008 Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society'(HIMSS), Carefx Corporation will join forces with several of its clients to present a series of sessions examining real-life opportunities, challenges and successes in healthcare organization integration, information exchange and physician empowerment. The five sessions over three days will provide many opportunities to examine how leading healthcare enterprises, regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) use Carefx's Fusion data aggregation platform to manage how information is created, exchanged and leveraged to improve physician satisfaction. HIMSS will be held February 24-28 at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Fla.

Fusion is an interoperability platform that aggregates data from disparate sources into a unified, context-sensitive, clinically relevant, browser-based view. By providing access to key patient data quickly, simply, wherever it is needed, in a format that makes sense for what a clinician is doing, Fusion supports safer, more informed clinical decisions at the point of care. In addition, Fusion leverages existing clinical systems, giving healthcare organizations a cost-effective integration solution and a way to overcome the privacy issues involved in building RHIOs, also known as regional health information organizations, and HIEs.

"Since 2002, Carefx has established itself as the market leaders in helping hospitals create system interoperability from system disparity - enabling systems to operate the way clinicians think and work. Our number one priority has been, and will continue to be simplifying access to patient information; the driving force behind physician alignment," said Andrew Hurd, president and CEO of Carefx. "As the nation's premier healthcare technology conference, HIMSS is an important forum for healthcare leaders and informatics authorities to exchange ideas and share their experiences. We look forward to being a significant contributor to the collective knowledge by working with our clients to share ideas and examples of how Fusion can help organizations achieve success in clinical, financial and community-wide data exchange."

Carefx sessions:
Monday, Feb. 25, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. -- "Maximizing Physician Efficiency through Emerging Portal Workflow Optimization, room 230 B-D at Orange County Convention Center
Shahram (Shez) Partovi, M.D., C.M., medical director of medical informatics at Phoenix-based St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, and Qi Li, M.D., M.B.A, vice president of clinical strategies at Carefx, detail the implementation road map, gains from physician alignment and ROI resulting from a unified physician portal.

Monday, Feb. 25, 3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. -- "Information Sharing within a Federated Data Model - Enabling Data Collaboration without Compromising Security," Carefx booth # 2677
Jamie Welch, CIO of the Louisiana Rural Health Coalition (LRHC), presents how a decentralized data approach helped the Louisiana Rural Hospital Coalition (LRHC) and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center overcome privacy concerns to create a network allowing 24 rural hospitals to access an integrated, patient-centric web portal system to support a statewide telemedicine program.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- "If They Build It, They Will Come - Physician-driven Information Exchange," Carefx booth # 2677
Mark Renfro, executive director of the North East Florida Regional Health Organization (NEFRHO), details the rationale behind the creation of a HIE that already has commitments from 150 primary care and specialty physicians in a seven-county region.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- "Improving Physician Alignment-The Next Wave in Physician Portals-A Case Study at Children's Medical Center, Dallas," Carefx booth # 2677
Allen Roeseler, group manager at Advance Systems Management at Children's Medical Center, will share Children's success in implementing a physician-centric portal that provides intuitive, streamlined access to patient information across children's wards at several area facilities, providing continuity of care as patients move between hospitals.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- "Cognitive Integration: Workflow-driven Healthcare Portals - a Case Study at CHW," Carefx booth # 2677
Eric Leader, chief technology architect at Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), provides insight into DirectConnect, a highly-visible CHW technology initiative that provides clinicians with secure, intuitive and expedient access to information through a single sign-on while simultaneously managing clinical content through a portal.

About Carefx Corporation and Fusion's Data Aggregation Platform.
Carefx provides Fusion, an open and scalable patient data aggregation platform that transforms diverse data in disparate applications to real-time, clinically relevant views of information. For clinicians, Fusion provides a comprehensive summarization of data that parallels their care processes. For IT, Fusion leverages legacy investments within an open architecture and improves user adoption and satisfaction. Carefx is the preferred partner to leading infrastructure and application vendors, including Eclipsys, Cerner, GE Healthcare, Siemens Medical Solutions, McKesson, , IBM, CA, Citrix, Courion, Imprivata, and Novell. For more information, visit carefx.com.

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