ATLANTA, Apr 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Eclipsys Corporation (NASDAQ: ECLP), The Outcomes Company(R) today announced the availability of Sunrise Enterprise(TM) 5.5 — a rich suite of integrated software solutions that serves to differentiate Eclipsys(TM) and its client base within the healthcare industry. Sunrise Enterprise 5.5 represents a significant uplift to Eclipsys’ leading electronic health record (EHR) solution and includes Helios by Eclipsys(TM), an industry-defining open architecture platform designed to promote enhanced exchange of data between disparate software systems while lowering total cost of ownership.
An Open Platform that Improves Data Integration, Reduces Costs and Eliminates Customized Interfaces
Helios by Eclipsys(TM) is the company’s unique open platform strategy to deliver vendor choice and flexibility, by enabling clients and certified third-parties to natively integrate their applications with Eclipsys’ enterprise solutions. Eclipsys clients can then utilize best-of-breed systems without the additional cost and complexity of customized interfaces. The result is improved clinician workflows, an enhanced organizational ability to embrace and extend current technology investments and more freedom to adopt the latest technology innovations by removing the constraints caused by waiting for a single vendor’s development timeline.
A Meaningful Solution to Help Achieve Meaningful Use
Sunrise Enterprise 5.5 was crafted to alleviate two of healthcare’s biggest challenges: how to promote physician adoption of technology and rapid technology innovation. A new, “highly intuitive” user interface, enhanced system responsiveness and a customizable workspace combine to transform the Sunrise Enterprise user experience. The significant system upgrade includes extended functionality designed specifically to help healthcare organizations meet the expected “meaningful use” requirements of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA), as well as to achieve Stage 7 in the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC), Pine Bluff, AR, will be the first Eclipsys client to go-live on Sunrise Enterprise 5.5, upgrading the entire hospital with a “big bang” activation scheduled for late April 2010.
“We are excited that Sunrise Enterprise is designed to deliver key workflow, reporting, interoperability and privacy standards to help prepare us for meeting the expected ARRA meaningful use criteria,” said Patrick Neece, assistant vice president and chief information officer, Jefferson Regional Medical Center. “Beyond that, we foresee gaining multiple workflow efficiencies, as well as additional functionality to assist JRMC with moving forward from a HIMSS Stage 6 hospital to a Stage 7 hospital. Enhanced features that we will take advantage of immediately include the Continuity of Care Document for communication with surrounding hospitals and the state Health Information Exchange, Immunization Managers exchange capabilities with state registries and the additional portal features for enhancing communications with our patients. In total, we think Eclipsys has developed an unparalleled point-of-care solution to improve clinician workflows within the hospital and has addressed the need for improved collaboration and data exchange across the care community in support of improved patient outcomes — which is a major component of ARRA and Meaningful Use.”
A Customizable System to Improve the Speed and Accuracy of Care Decisions and Care Team Communication
In addition to upgrades to Eclipsys’ fully integrated acute care EHR solution suite, Sunrise Enterprise 5.5 delivers extended functionality to the company’s integrated scheduling, registration, pharmacy, ambulatory and emergency department solutions.
New features and enhancements in the Sunrise Enterprise 5.5 release include:
“We are very excited by our client response and interest in this new release of Sunrise Enterprise,” said Phil Pead, president and chief executive officer of Eclipsys. “We consider the new features and enhancements a significant differentiator for Eclipsys in the handling of care complexity and user customization, while remaining true to evidence-based practices. Our open platform foundation benefits our clients by enabling them to maintain the third- party applications they like and have invested in while integrating them onto a single platform. We believe this level of interoperability is unprecedented and that these capabilities are exactly what healthcare needs today to quickly accelerate technology adoption in support of improved safety, quality and costs.”
A Client Base that Outperforms Its Peers
With a national spotlight on adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs), Eclipsys’ acute care EMR received a No. 2 ranking in its category according to the findings of the 2009 “Top 20 Best in KLAS Award: Software and Professional Services” report issued by KLAS Enterprises, Inc. Eclipsys clients also rank No. 1 in composite performance across all Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Quality Measures. The study was based on data from HIMSS Analytics and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hospital Compare site. In addition, Eclipsys clinical information systems are used by nearly 50 percent of the Magnet Recognition Program(R) hospitals, and Eclipsys clinical clients represent 40 percent of the facilities that the U.S. News and World Report ranked among “America’s Best Hospitals” in 2009.
About Jefferson Regional Medical Center
Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is a 471-bed acute care hospital and Level II Trauma Center in Pine Bluff, AR. It is a not-for-profit, private regional hospital, licensed by the Arkansas State Health Department and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. From primary care to a full range of specialties, JRMC has brought together physicians from the nation’s finest medical schools to care for the people of South Arkansas. For more information, see http://www.jrmc.org.
About the 2009 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software and Professional Services report
The report reflects the summary of healthcare information technology (HIT) software and professional services performance data as reported by physician offices, clinics, IDNs, inpatient facilities, and applicable healthcare agencies. The HIT software ratings reflect data collected over the past 12 months (October 15, 2008 – November 15, 2009); the professional services ratings reflect data collected over the past 18 months (May 15, 2008 – November 15, 2009). Each product or segment is listed by market segment.
KLAS is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors. KLAS’ mission is to improve delivery, by independently measuring vendor performance for the benefit of its healthcare provider partners, consultants, investors, and vendors. Working together with executives from over 4500 hospitals and over 2500 clinics, KLAS delivers timely reports, trends, and statistics, which provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry. KLAS measures performance of software, professional services, and medical equipment vendors. For more information, go to http://www.KLASresearch.com, or email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative.
About the Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program(R) was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANNC) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies. Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. For more information, go to http://www.nursingcredentialing.com.
About What is Meaningful
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its HITECH provision have set the industry on a quest for answers to many questions. Eclipsys is sponsoring a new web site to solicit opinions on these questions. The site, http://www.whatismeaningful.com, was created to promote, educate and provide a valuable resource that informs and delivers best practices. This web site will go beyond the government definitions of meaningful use and explore how providers can drive improved outcomes through the use of healthcare information technology. Visit this web site to keep informed of the latest information being shared about ARRA.
Eclipsys is a leading provider of advanced integrated clinical, revenue cycle and performance management software, clinical content and professional services that help healthcare organizations improve clinical, financial and operational outcomes. For more information, see http://www.eclipsys.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view more about Helios by Eclipsys(TM), see http://www.YouTube.com/EclipsysTV.
Statements in this news release concerning the features of and benefits provided by Eclipsys software, ARRA qualification, and evidence-based content are forward-looking statements and actual results may differ from those projected due to a variety of risks and uncertainties. Implementation and client-specific configuration of Eclipsys software can be complex and time-consuming. Results depend upon a variety of factors and can vary by client. Each client’s circumstances are unique and may include unforeseen issues that make it more difficult than anticipated to implement or derive benefit from Eclipsys software or services. The success and timeliness of the company’s solutions will depend at least in part upon client involvement, which can be difficult to control. Eclipsys is required to meet specified performance standards, and the contract can be terminated or its scope reduced under certain circumstances. ARRA qualification requires compliance with standards that are still evolving, and satisfaction of those standards may be delayed. More information about company risks is available in recent Form 10-Q and 10-K filings made by Eclipsys from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Special attention is directed to the portions of those documents entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” Eclipsys, The Outcomes Company, Sunrise Enterprise, Helios by Eclipsys and Sunrise Clinical Analytics are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Eclipsys Corporation (or its subsidiaries) in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names in this news release are or may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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