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Northeast Medical Center Selects Picis to Automate Its New Emergency Department


Software to improve patient throughput and documentation in the ED.

Wakefield, Mass. - Nov. 07 2005 - Northeast Medical Center in Humble, TX, as part of it emergency department renovation project, will automate its new emergency department with the Ibex PulseCheck® emergency department information system (EDIS).

“We engaged a very comprehensive approach in evaluating emergency department information systems for clinical functionality and ease of use,” says Carla Maslakowski, Northeast’s chief information officer. “Ibex PulseCheck contained the functionality we required including patient tracking, physician and nursing documentation and interfaces to our Quadramed ADT and clinical systems. The system fits with our emergency department renovation plans to provide state-of-the-art systems and facilities for our patients.”

The newly renovated emergency department will open in the spring of 2006 and will include a larger waiting area for families and more patient treatment rooms. Other improvements include three rooms for major treatment/trauma, two for OB/GYN emergencies, 37 rooms for routine care and an entire area devoted to cardiac emergencies. In addition admission and registration services will be completed at the bedside and the ambulance capacity will be increased from two to seven bays to further improve the safety and efficiency of patients arriving by EMS or from other healthcare facilities.

“Ibex PulseCheck’s capabilities have been demonstrated in a number of hospitals throughout the country,” says Mark D. Crockett, M.D, F.A.C.E.P., president of Picis’ Emergency Care Division. “We are excited to add Northeast Medical Center to the 170 plus hospital emergency departments utilizing the comprehensive features of Ibex PulseCheck.”

Northeast Medical Center was established in 1977 and serves Northeast Harris, South Montgomery and West Liberty counties as well as the communities of Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Spring, Huffman, Crosby, New Caney, Porter, Livingston, Splendor and parts of North Houston. Its emergency department sees more than 40,000 patients each year.

Implementation of Ibex PulseCheck at the hospital will include patient tracking and reporting, physician and nursing documentation (with risk management) and interfaces to the facility’s ADT system, clinical data repository as well as laboratory, radiology and EKG clinical systems for order entry, status and results reporting. Facility billing and charge by documentation, prescription writer, scanning, voice recognition and the new Ibexpen to facilitate bedside charting will also be implemented.

About Ibex PulseCheck
Picis provides Ibex PulseCheck, a complete emergency department information system, which includes a patient tracking system from triage to disposition, with easy-to-complete integration with other hospital information systems; Ibex PulseCheck’s nursing and physician documentation modules provide an electronic medical record with instant access to charts. Ibex PulseCheck users have documented millions of dollars of additional charges captured with Ibex PulseCheck’s charge management features, as well as reduced average patient wait time and length of stay. The risk management module provides real-time risk management prompting and supports physicians and nurses throughout the documentation process.

About Picis
Picis delivers proven best-in-cluster solutions for high-acuity care areas — the emergency department, the operating room and the intensive care unit. In July 2004, Picis merged with Ibex, the leading provider of emergency department systems. Picis’ systems are installed in more than 900 medical centers and IDNs worldwide, automating more surgical procedures, emergency visits and intensive care stays than any other system in the world. Clients include HCA; Health Management Associates, Inc.; the Mayo Clinic; MedStar Health; the Methodist Hospital in Houston; Mt. Sinai Medical Center; the National Health Service of the United Kingdom; NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System; Rush University Medical Center; Stanford University Medical Center; Sutter Health; and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Picis has received numerous awards, including those from Microsoft, Ernst & Young, HCIT Research, Healthcare Informatics and Frost and Sullivan. Headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, Picis maintains partnerships with IDX Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: IDXC) and Lawson Software (NASDAQ: LWSN). More information is available at


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