Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC), a 25-bed critical-access acute-care hospital located in Estes Park, Colorado, has selected Summit Healthcare as its vendor partner to enhance system integration while improving patient care.

The Colorado hospital currently uses Meditech 6.0 as its main hospital information system (HCIS) and is implementing MEDHOST as its emergency department information system (EDIS), with a planned go-live of 4 March 2014.

In order to give clinicians rapid access to critical patient data, information such as orders, results and medications administered must be integrated between the HCIS and the EDIS.

Also, the different systems pose unique challenges related to the integration of emergency department data with the hospital’s electronic medical record.

EPMC has therefore chosen to leverage Summit Healthcare’s Interoperability technology platform and expertise to meet its immediate and future interoperability goals and to address the unique complexities that arise with this integration.

"This tighter level of integration will allow for better patient care and safety which are crucial factors for all hospitals today."

The integration process between MEDHOST and Meditech 6.0 will be near real-time, including the ability to process critical messages between the systems within one minute of being received.

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The Summit EDIS integration solution provides increased efficiencies, better patient outcomes, and helps to create a complete electronic medical record.

EPMC chief information officer Gary Hall praised Summit Healthcare’s strong technology offering and unique expertise.

"We look forward to working toward a successful live date," Hall added.

The initial focus of the integration process will be to integrate laboratory results, radiology reports, and in/outbound ADT feeds.

Summit Healthcare CEO Ted Rossi said that as EPMC faces the challenge of integrating its Meditech HCIS with its MEDHOST EDIS, Summit Healthcare is eager to step up to the challenge of this unique project.

"This tighter level of integration will allow for better patient care and safety which are crucial factors for all hospitals today. Summit Healthcare is committed to helping organisations continue to march forward in supporting all levels of integration," Rossi added.

EPMC, a Level IV trauma centre, has a full-service laboratory, diagnostic imaging department, and a 60-bed nursing home, and provides services to the residents of and visitors to Estes Valley.