Picis today announced a webinar series featuring healthcare providers, IT executives and clinical managers discussing results and advice on hospital best practices using healthcare information technology (HIT). The series on high-acuity care automation will focus on how organizations get ahead in today™s competitive environment by advancing initiatives, such as automated government reporting, physician portal communication, increased clinician IT adoption, improved quality of care and revenue enhancement. This series features speakers from William Osler Health Centre (WOHC), Brampton, Ontario; Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, Mass.; Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.; Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va.; Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Penn.; and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, N.J.

These complimentary one-hour webinars provide detailed, hands-on information on top-of-mind issues that healthcare executives face in automating the workflow and documentation of patients in the highest risk, highest cost areas of the hospital, including the emergency department (ED), operating room (OR) and intensive care units (ICU).

The Picis client base is distinguished by the fact that these medical centers, among the most prestigious in the world, have delivered clinical and financial results to their organizations time and time again. This webinar series enables these thought-provoking speakers to share their real and quantifiable results and best practices in a forum that is convenient for any busy hospital clinician and executive to attend, said Todd Cozzens, CEO and vice chairman at Picis.

Webinar highlights include:


William Osler Health Centre: Pushing high-acuity care data to a physician portal

September 23 at 2:00 PM ET

WOHC designed and deployed technology for the opening of a new e-hospital to promote interoperability of patient data across the high-acuity care continuum (ED, OR and ICU) and to support a paperless clinical environment. Judy Middleton, CIO, will share important considerations for taking clinical data from third-party vendors and pushing it to physicians through a physician portal, to provide decision support at the point of care and optimize patient flow throughout the organization.


Lawrence General Hospital: Dispelling the myth — improving physician and departmental efficiency with an EDIS

October 1 at 3:00 PM ET

Neil Meehan, MD, assistant director of emergency care at Lawrence General Hospital, will discuss how the hospital improved physician and departmental efficiency ” including a 32 minute reduction in patient wait times during peak hours ” and a 10 percent drop in patients leaving without being seen, by implementing a physician triage program and Picis ED PulseCheck®.


Medical University of South Carolina: Using business intelligence to improve OR management

October 8 at 3:00 PM ET

Learn how business intelligence supports reporting and analysis, including OR utilization and quality management. In this informative session, Pat Aysse, program manager of surgical services at Medical University of South Carolina, which implemented a perioperative electronic medical record and OR scheduling system, will discuss the organization™s use of Picis Extelligence® OR to drive improvements in operational efficiency.

Additional hospital webinar sessions include:


Inova Health System: Optimizing emergency department flow and performance — data driven management

November 19 at 3:00 PM ET

Speakers: Doug Smith, MD, FACEP, Chairman, and Raj Chand, MD

Abington Memorial Hospital: Solving business and clinical challenges with interoperability

December 3 at 3:00 PM ET

Speaker: Nancy Hesse, RN, MSN, CEN, Director of the Emergency Trauma Center

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital: A winning combination: Leveraging technology and throughput processes to improve patient satisfaction

December 17 at 3:00 PM ET

Speaker: Al Rodrigues, RN, BSN, Director of the Emergency Department, Carol Magariello, RN, BSN, CEN, ED Clinical Coordinator, and Monica Olaff, Patient Relations Manager

To register for any of these webinars or for more information, visit www.picis.com/results_talk.

About Picis

Picis is a global provider of innovative information solutions that enable rapid and sustained delivery of clinical, financial and operational results in the acute care areas of the hospital. These high-acuity areas include the emergency department, operating and recovery rooms, and intensive care units. Picis offers the most advanced suite of integrated products focused on these life-critical areas of the hospital where the patients are the most vulnerable, the care process is the most complex and an increasing majority of hospital costs and potential revenue are concentrated. Headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, Picis has licensed systems for use in more than 1,700 hospitals in 19 countries. More information is available at www.picis.com.

Picis, CareSuite and Extelligence may be trademarks or registered trademarks of Picis, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. © 2008 Picis, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the properties of their respective owners. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, Picis™ expectations concerning the functionality, expected performance and market acceptance of its products. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Picis™ control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In addition, the views and opinions expressed by the individuals on the webinar referenced in this press release are strictly those of such individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Picis. The webinars are not to be construed as an endorsement by Picis of the content of any of the information or statements provided by any such individual, nor does Picis take any responsibility for the content or accuracy of the information provided thereby.

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