The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is big, with 19 hospitals and 400 outpatient sites and physicians' offices. Among the most progressive organizations in the country, it has laid a solid foundation. Now its leaders are entering a new phase that will improve data access and sharing; provide decision support and alerts; and consolidate and deliver information within caregivers' workflow.
According to Jay Srini, vice president emerging technologies, "We looked for a vendor with technology that was robust, has proven its ability to integrate and also has a platform on which we could develop products to take to market."
UPMC supports a broad set of clinical environments, says Duane Falk, vice president of enterprise integration services. "We saw a strategic need to have one product to span all installed products. This is not just a matter of pulling data together. An integration engine didn't meet the full span of our requirements. We were looking for a way to aggregate data, as well as a platform to build and enhance on, as we have many business processes that cross over different venues of care, hospitals and care centers."
dbMotion (Raanana, Israel) had no competitors, according to Srini and Falk. Not only did dbMotion meet UPMC's criteria, the duo say they liked the fact that it was built on healthcare. Other vendors have SOA (service-oriented architecture) toolsets, they say, but none have been built specifically for healthcare.
"We will build in a phased approach," says Falk. "Within the first year, we expect to be able to build a repository and deliver an integrated view, or set of integrated views, to our clinicians. Those views will be accessible from within the workflows our physicians typically use."
"We plan to build a resilient platform," says Srini, with an end goal that provides for the clinician, but also supports other demands, such as emerging issues including pay-for-performance and standardizing on consumer-driven healthcare.