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Virtua Health Selects Microsoft Amalga to Help Improve Patient Care
Date:3/17/2009

ansparency and streamlining key processes. Using Amalga, our physicians will spend less time tracking down information and more time making smart decisions and caring for patients."

As an example, a patient admitted to Virtua Health for the second of two knee replacements may have data from his first procedure stored throughout the hospital. The patient's data could be found in disparate technology systems that support the records of specialized departments responsible for anesthesia, blood, recovery and the operating room. There could also be data stored in a rehabilitation center, a nursing facility or with a primary care provider. Since these separate systems do not automatically exchange information, physicians could not easily get a complete view of the patient's previous experience at Virtua. Now, for the first time, physicians will have access to a complete set of a patient's data through Amalga. They can quickly pull up a customized view of all the data to see all the relevant clinical information about the patient in one place.

Virtua Health will create a unique view of health information with Amalga, "My Patients at Virtua," to provide physicians with customizable summaries of all of their patients' contacts with Virtua services within a certain timeframe, enabling them to stay updated on active cases. For instance, physicians can search by patients they have treated that day, sort by different encounters such as emergency care, admissions, radiology or lab results, or see all procedures an individual patient has had recently.

"If I am in a situation where I need the immediate status of a patient, as well as all results of my patient's encounters throughout the hospital, I will be able to access it in real time. As a practicing physician, this level of superior patient care is one of the most important benefits Amalga will bring," Dr. Van Kooy said.

Virtua Health will also create customize
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