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Methodist Hospital Adopts New Technology Solutions to Improve Care for California Patients and Reduce Operating Costs
Date:10/5/2009

MADISON, N.J., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Methodist Hospital of Arcadia, California, has launched an integrated deployment of innovative health care information technology (HIT) solutions designed to help improve the quality of patient care and deliver operational efficiencies. MedPlus®, the health care information technology subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), provided the integrated solution to help Methodist reduce the length of stay associated with patients and help realize gains in efficiency and revenue. The deployment is also supporting Methodist's vision of providing "The Next Generation of Care" for its patients, physicians and staff.

The MedPlus solutions enable health care organizations to enhance performance by helping them to improve patient care and maximize business results with features that support the efficient collection, access and use of clinical, financial and administrative information. Methodist physicians can now spend more time with patients without the need to visit the Medical Records department to sign deficiencies or request historical records. Additionally, physicians have access to a patient's complete legal medical record online and can access information such as lab orders, radiology images, transfer documents and demographics data through a single front end.

"The Centergy Clinical Portal was the perfect entry point for bringing our physicians on-line with technology," explains Methodist CIO Kara Marx. "As Methodist moves ahead with replacing legacy technology, MedPlus' Centergy portal is putting our staff at ease by serving as a unified front end to all of our disparate systems. We were able to enjoy results quickly as our physician acceptance of Centergy has been truly remarkable."

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