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Robert “Bob” L. Walker, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Walker brings extensive expertise to his new role, having joined the administrative staff at TSRHC in 1979 and serving for 23 years as the day-to-operations leader. He will provide a seamless transition in the management of the hospital to ensure that the highest quality of medical care is provided to patients.View press release here.
Unibased Systems Architecture, Inc. (Unibased) announced today that Bay Area Hospital (BAH) in Coos Bay, Oregon, has signed an agreement to expand the use of the ForSite2020® application suite to include ForSite2020® Resource Management System (RMS) for enterprise scheduling and access management, ForSite2020® Consumer Access & Scheduling for Healthcare (CASH) consumer portal for patient self-scheduling, and the ForSite2020® Fax Order Collection Utilization & Storage (FOCUS) fax management solution addressing faxed physician orders. BAH selected Unibased after conducting an extensive evaluation process to find the best solution available to facilitate enterprise scheduling and access management across a major outpatient service expansion as well as set the stage for enabling patient self-scheduling via the Internet for streamlined coordination of care and enhanced interoperability.
Key factors in the Bay Area Hospital decision included the advanced capabilities offered by the more mature Unibased web portals as well as the availability ofthe integrated ForSite2020® FOCUS module that will allow BAH to initiate the patient scheduling process upon receipt of faxed physician orders. Scheduling through ForSite2020® FOCUS also automatically attaches the physician order to the pre-registration associated with the scheduled event, eliminating the current need for staff in the service-performing departments to manage, track and store paper faxes. BAH has been successfully using ForSite2020® periOperative Resource Management System (ORMS) for surgery management since July 2011; and this solution expansion will now provide coordinated scheduling for all patient services and departments along with surgeries that were already being scheduled in ForSite2020® ORMS. This will streamline the scheduling of pre-surgical diagnostic procedures, such as radiology, and ensure that they have been completed prior to the day of surgery, and efficiently coordinate follow-up care and post-discharge activities.
Brenda Curtner, BAH Director, Clinical Informatics, stated, “BAH is undertaking a major outpatient service expansion so we decided that this is the right time to expand our scheduling capabilities as well, enabling total outpatient service and surgical procedure coordination for our patients and physician offices.We believe Unibased has the tools we need, and can help us achieve this in a short timeframe while we continue with other projects that are already underway.”Bob Adams, Director, Information Services added, “We are excited about enhancing our relationship with Unibased and expanding our use of ForSite2020® to include the #1 ranked enterprise scheduling system.”
"Bay Area Hospital has done a tremendous job of taking full advantage of the capabilities in the ForSite2020® ORMS surgery management solution and Unibased is looking forward to assisting BAH in doing the same with the rest of the ForSite2020® application suite,” stated Phil Amelung, Principal Consultant with Unibased. “Bay Area Hospital’s decision to move forward with Unibased not only reflects their desire to acquire the most functional solution available but is also a testament to the close partnership we have built based on trust and top notch service as well as the tight integration we have achieved with Siemens MedSeries4®.”
(LOUISVILLE, KY) Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System today announced a merger of the two organizations forming KentuckyOne Health. KentuckyOne Health, the state’s largest health system, was effective retroactively to January 1, 2012. Ruth W. Brinkley, FACHE, has been named president and chief executive officer of the new organization. She is a nationally recognized health care leader and former executive at Ascension Health and Catholic Health Initiatives.
According to the annual year-end "Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services" report published on December 15, 2011 by KLAS Enterprises, LLC., Unibased Systems Architecture, Inc (Unibased) received the "Best in KLAS"1 Award for the market segment of Enterprise Scheduling for the 9th consecutive year, reflecting outstanding product quality, system reliability and support, and unmatched client satisfaction. Unibased, within the KLAS evaluation metric of “Full Disclosure” meaning that consultants had access to all Unibased clients for interview purposes, had the highest Product Quality Rating of 8.5 out of 9.0, far outweighing any of its competitors. The runner-up, Epic Cadence, had a quality score of 8.1. 100% of Unibased clients indicated that they would buy again as compared to the runner-up, only 97%. Besides Epic Cadence, the other competitors were: Cerner Scheduling Management, McKesson Pathways Healthcare Scheduling, QuadraMed Enterprise Scheduling and SCI Solutions Schedule Maximizer. Siemens Soarian Scheduling did not have enough evaluations to be ranked, and StatSchedules StatScheduler was not ranked because it is a regional solution.
The "Best in KLAS"1 Awards report also singled out 16 vendors as having excelled in their respective market segments, some vendors having multiple segments. Of the vendors and products recognized, Unibased had the highest product score of 92.2 for its ForSite2020® Resource Management System (RMS).
Larry Covington, Unibased President & CEO, expressed gratefulness to Unibased's clients for their kindness and loyalty. Covington added, "This is no time to rest on our laurels. We recognize that improvements must be made and we are working on that in several areas. We will continue to provide 3 major product feature upgrade releases annually. Our markets of access management and surgery systems are demanding products and services that improve our clients’ quality and coordination of care, consumer relations and competitiveness, productivity and bottom line. Our product in the KLAS market segment of Enterprise Scheduling imbeds an integrated surgery management system, physician and consumer portals, a multi-facility EMPI, registration and admission, inpatient census, order management, analytics, fax management, security and privacy, resource management and utilization reporting, physician order tracking, and of course, enterprise scheduling. We were the first vendor in our market segment to be certified for Meaningful Use, and all new releases will be certified as well. The most significant component within our array of modules associated with ForSite2020® RMS is a massive library of interfacing and file conversion software, providing optimal interoperability and the ability to easily work and integrate with other vendors. This is one of the reasons we can respond quickly to the unique needs of our clients, and a critical component for Accountable Care Organizations."
“Since 1998, KLAS has been committed to helping healthcare providers make decisions based on candid peer feedback,” says Adam Gale, KLAS president. “Best in KLAS rankings mark those vendors who best keep their promises in their market segments for offering a combination of superior products, strong service and high customer value. We hope these ratings continue to help providers find transparency from their vendors in making purchasing decisions.”