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Meridian Health Receives National Recognition for Innovative Use of Siemens Computerized Physician Order Entry; Online Clinical Decision Support System Enhances Patient Safety and Quality Standards at Meridian Hospitals.

MALVERN, Pa. & NEPTUNE, N.J. -- Meridian Health of Neptune, N.J., was recently honored as a 2005 recipient of the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality, a national award bestowed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the National Quality Forum (NQF). A customer partner for more than 13 years and a National Showcase Account for Siemens Medical Solutions' healthcare IT Division, Meridian was recognized for embedding evidence-based practice guidelines into its Siemens' INVISION(R) computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system, resulting in significant improvements in the quality of care delivered to residents of Monmouth and Ocean counties, N.J. The award was presented at NQF's Sixth Annual Meeting on October 6th in Washington, D.C.

Siemens' INVISION is the most widely deployed health information solution in the country, and more than 18,000 physicians and 100,000 nurses rely on Siemens' clinical information solutions to support their patient care activities each day. Meridian Health is among the nation's earliest adopters of CPOE and one of only three healthcare organizations in the nation this year to be honored with the Eisenberg Award, which recognizes major achievements in improving hospital patient safety and quality.

"The key difference in the Meridian CPOE system is that we have 'built-in intelligence' in the system that automatically checks the physician orders with the patient's personal health information and compares it with national best practice protocols," said Margaret Quinn, M.D., chief medical information officer, Meridian Health, who together with Joseph Mannion, M.D., led the CPOE program development process. "The end result is a valuable interactive tool for physicians and an added layer of quality assurance for the patient."

"The success of Meridian's CPOE program is the result of a strong, collaborative partnership between Siemens and Meridian," adds Tom Miller, president, healthcare IT Division, Siemens Medical Solutions. "Both Siemens and Meridian share the belief that quality patient care is a journey, not a destination, and we applaud Meridian for this tremendous achievement and their innovative use of our technology. All levels of the Meridian organization want the best possible outcomes for their patients and they have successfully worked together to make it happen."

According to Rebecca Weber, CIO and vice president of information technology, Meridian Health, "Improving patient safety and quality of care has long been a primary goal for Meridian Health, and our CPOE implementation and ongoing work with Siemens has been an important initiative that has shown positive results in improving patient care. We hope that our efforts and learnings will have practical application for other hospitals across the nation."

As a CPOE pioneer, Meridian physicians have long had the ability to compare their orders with evidence-based best practice guidelines, which are clinical procedures that are scientifically proven to provide the best results for the patient. However, physicians found that the previous comparison format was out of synch with their daily workflow. To encourage use of the best practice guidelines to improve overall care, Meridian embedded the guidelines into its CPOE, creating an easy-to-use, interactive format, and allowing physicians to confirm best practices in real time as they enter their patient orders.

To evaluate the effectiveness of online clinical decision support and its impact on patient care, Meridian measured the use of best practice procedures (CORE Measures) established by JCAHO. Initial results at Meridian's Jersey Shore University Medical Center in 2004 were extremely positive. For example, compliance for the best practice treatment for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) increased 10 percent in the first two months of implementation and has consistently been at 100 percent in all months when the interactive protocols have been used. These protocols prompt the physician to administer aspirin and a beta blocker at the time of admission to patients who present with suspected AMI, but offer the opportunity to document contraindications instead.

By March 2005, all three Meridian hospitals had implemented the AMI interactive protocol, and physicians were requesting broader application. Today, there are 17 interactive clinical decision support protocols in use across six categories of care. Meridian is also seeing a steady climb in the number of total orders physicians are placing online, increasing as much as 46 percent at one hospital.

The Eisenberg patient safety awards program, launched in 2002 by NQF and the Joint Commission, honors John M. Eisenberg, M.D., MBA, former administrator, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Meridian Health is a three-hospital health system comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a major teaching hospital and tertiary care center located in Neptune, NJ; Ocean Medical Center, a community hospital in Brick, NJ; and Riverview Medical Center, a community hospital in Red Bank, NJ. Meridian is a leader in the area's delivery of health services including cardiology, open-heart surgery, trauma, orthopedics, oncology, geriatrics, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, long term care and home care.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the healthcare industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Employing approximately 31,000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7.07 billion EUR, orders of 8.12 billion EUR and group profit of 1.05 billion EUR for fiscal 2004. More information can be obtained by visiting
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