DETROIT, August 8, 2006 – CareTech Solutions, an information technology (IT) and health information management (HIM) services company for hospitals and healthcare systems, announced today the completion of a major upgrade to the Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC) IT infrastructure. In a collaborative effort with Cerner Consulting Services, a business division of Cerner Corp., the software provider primarily used for the DMC’s clinical information system (CIS), CareTech has completed the requisite hardware and software improvements to enable the implementation of electronic medical records, effectively creating a ‘paperless’ clinical environment that will operate across the DMC’s multiple facilities and save the healthcare system vast amounts of time and resources.
“CareTech and Cerner have demonstrated remarkable flexibility in meeting the very aggressive timelines associated with the infrastructure upgrades,” said Michael LeRoy, chief information officer of the Detroit Medical Center. “The project is a massive undertaking for the Detroit Medical Center and these companies’ experienced personnel and best practices have been critical to reducing our timeline to seven months, for an upgrade that would normally require as much as 18 months to complete.”
As many as 150 IT professionals from CareTech and Cerner Consulting Services have been involved in driving improvements to the IT infrastructure as part of a massive hardware and software upgrade of the Detroit Medical Center’s Cerner Millennium® unified architecture, wireless capabilities, data centers and integrated ancillary systems.
“We are extremely excited about the outcomes we are seeing across the Detroit Medical Center facilities,” said Jim Giordano, president and chief executive officer of CareTech Solutions. “As a leading healthcare provider, the DMC is making a serious investment in its patients and staff through the offering of EMR, and CareTech is proud to be playing a critical role in an initiative that will increase patient safety and improve operational efficiency.”
CareTech has been expanding a wireless system to reach throughout all eight DMC hospitals, which now are interconnected with a high-speed network. The wireless capabilities provide the foundation for caregivers to use their choice of PDAs, tablet PCs, wireless laptops on moveable carts or standard PCs to record patient data. CareTech has also managed the installation of a storage area network (SAN), a Citrix Server Farm utilizing Hewlett-Packard (HP) Blade Server Technology and an HP OpenVMS Alpha Server System cluster in a newly constructed data center at Hutzel Hospital on the DMC’s main campus. The data center supports the DMC’s application development and system testing efforts and serves as a critical backup to the primary data center at Detroit Receiving Hospital, where CareTech has made significant upgrades to Oracle and Citrix server farms, and installed additional HP OpenVMS Alpha Server Systems.
“The success of the Detroit Medical Center’s large-scale upgrade and implementation is a testament to the dedication of its staff and clinicians to set the standard for quality care,” said Jude Dieterman, president, Cerner Midwest. “The collaboration is particularly rewarding because it incorporates each contributor’s vision to transform healthcare.”
As the primary clinical information systems solutions provider for the DMC, Cerner has established an onsite Clinical Information Systems Design Center where Cerner consultants are working alongside CareTech’s applications experts to customize the parameters of the CIS to the DMC’s specifications. Additionally, Cerner is working to streamline the upgraded CIS training modules and seminars available to the DMC clinicians. Cerner will also be assisting CareTech in the system stress testing, prior to deployment.
About CareTech Solutions, Inc.
CareTech Solutions, Inc., an information technology services provider for hospitals and health systems, is committed to creating value for clients through customized, flexible solutions that contribute to improving patient care while lowering healthcare costs. From implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day operations, CareTech offers clients expert services across the entire patient data lifecycle.
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About the Detroit Medical Center
The Detroit Medical Center operates 10 hospitals and institutions, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Michigan Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Kresge Eye Institute.
Established as a nonprofit corporation in 1985, the Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education. The Detroit Medical Center is the academic health center for Wayne State University and its schools of medicine, nursing and allied health services. Wayne State University School of Medicine is the fourth largest medical school in the United States.
Cerner is taking the paper chart out of healthcare, eliminating error, variance and waste in the care process. With more than 1,500 clients worldwide, Cerner is the leading supplier of healthcare information technology. The following are trademarks of Cerner: Cerner, Cerner Millennium, Cerner’s logo. NASDAQ: CERN. www.cerner.com.
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