HCS and Sysmex to market integrated product suite

Tasmanian-based health IT company Healthcare Software (HCS) and NZ company Sysmex have signed an alliance to integrate their product suites and offer an alternative approach to electronic medical records for the Australasian eHealth market.

HCS offers a range of software solutions for use in both acute care and community health settings, including a clinical pharmacy system called HCS Medicines, a formulary solution including abridged and full MIMS monographs for quick reference, and a full clinical suite that can present diagnostic information from other health applications such as pathology.

It has also developed a web-based antibiotic stewardship software solution called eASY in association with the North Sydney Local Health District, and markets the Blood 360 blood management solution on behalf of MSoft UK and a community health equipment management solution called CES360.

Sysmex is a well-known laboratory information systems, clinical information management and data repository vendor. Its products include the Delphic LIS and the Eclair web-based CIS, which is the basis for NZ's TestSafe clinical data repository (CDR).

The two companies believe the integration of their product suites will enable healthcare services to attain a best-of-breed approach to the implementation of electronic medical records.

In a joint statement, the companies said the use of industry standards in the development of their web-based solutions is making integration an easy effort.

“A key strength for our alliance is that HCS and Sysmex bring a depth of clinical expertise from pharmacy and the lab respectively – we’re not just IT developers,” HCS CEO John Elkerton said.

Sysmex business development manager, Noel Paggao, said HCS and Sysmex’s integrated clinical suite would deliver complete electronic medical record functionality, including medicines and blood management, clinical decision support, clinical data repository and single computerised physician order entry for prescribing, pathology, radiology and blood products.

“Our strategic alliance will provide the means for health service providers to achieve and comply with the stages of the HIMSS EMR,” Mr Paggao said.

HCS's formulary solution has been used as the basis of Tasmania's Electronic Medicines Formulary, which was officially launched in June.

The Formulary is a single portal accessible on desktops and mobile devices for doctors, nurses and pharmacists to find electronic information about medicines.

It includes prescribing information for doctors and guidelines and protocols for the administration of medications for nursing staff. Pharmacists can access the Formulary to regularly review and update it with new information about medicines and their availability.

Tasmania's Minister for Health, Michelle O'Byrne, said it was the first of its kind in Australia.

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