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April 2, 2009

Lahey Clinic, Eclipsys to create electronic medical records

Lahey expects to create flow of patient information across different facilities

By CBR Staff Writer

Lahey Clinic has signed a strategic agreement to implement a wide-range of Eclipsys Sunrise Enterprise clinical services to create an electronic medical record.

The electronic medical record (EMR) project involves Lahey Clinic’s two acute care medical centers and will establish an interoperable platform to leverage a prior investment in an ambulatory EMR system for Lahey’s outpatient settings.

By implementing an integrated inpatient-ambulatory EMR, Lahey Clinic is expected to create a flow of patient information across facilities to support continuity of care and enhanced clinical decision making in the physician office, clinic and hospital care settings.

Lahey Clinic will implement Eclipsys’s Sunrise Acute Care, Sunrise Pharmacy, and knowledge-based charting to establish an EMR with clinical decision support. All of these systems reside on the Eclipsys XA extended architecture, an open technology platform that enables healthcare providers to share information securely among disparate systems both inside and outside of the organization.

In combination, the new clinical services will provide Lahey Clinic clinicians with fully integrated clinical workflows to help improve clinical outcomes and turnaround time. New tools include e-prescribing and orders reconciliation capabilities, along with a shared enterprise-wide view of the patient’s latest administered medications, lab and test results, according to the company.

Kurtz, COO of Lahey Clinic, said: Eclipsys demonstrated to us that they would be the best partner to collaborate with us in utilizing technology to support high quality and safe patient care across our campus, as well as enhancing our institution’s acclaimed high acuity service areas. In addition, Eclipsys’s willingness and technical capability to leverage existing Lahey technology solutions was attractive to us.

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