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CHW Implements Patient Information Solution

May 23, 2007
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San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California, has implemented a new web-based technology solution co-developed by Carefx (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and IBM (Armonk, N.Y.) that gives clinicians access to a unified view of integrated patient information.

According to Carefx, the solution is powered by an enterprise-wide integration platform that incorporates patient information aggregation with Fusion from Carefx operating both on the desktop and within the IBM WebSphere Clinical Portal. This integration platform aggregates embedded data from Meditech (Westwood, Mass.) and other information solutions into a browser-based clinical dashboard, says CareFx. This infrastructure complements the current Novell identity management solution used at CHW.

The rollout is part of a larger development initiative, branded by CHW as "DirectConnect," between Carefx and IBM focusing on equipping providers with a clinical portal utilizing industry standards and a service-oriented architecture (SOA) at its core. Chandler Regional Hospital (Chandler, Ariz.) and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center (Gilbert, Ariz.) are the first hospitals to deploy DirectConnect.

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