Dynamic Clinical Systems Software Enables Patient-Reported Outcomes Documentation
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—June 7, 2011— InterSystems Corporation, a global provider of advanced technologies for breakthrough applications, today announced that West Virginia Healthcare is greatly expanding its use of Dynamic Clinical Systems’ (DCS) Web-based Integrated Survey System® (ISS) to include all orthopaedic sub-specialties. The InterSystems CACHÉ® high-performance object database is the foundation of DCS’ patient-reported outcomes (PROs) solution.
A user of ISS at its spine center since 2005, West Virginia Healthcare is now using the software to include study management and patient-reported outcomes across all orthopedic specialties, including spine, total joint, shoulder and foot and ankle. West Virginia Healthcare is part of the West Virginia United Health System (WVU), a private, not-for-profit corporation associated with West Virginia University. WVU Hospitals have cared for patients from all 55 West Virginia counties, all 50 states and 16 countries.
“The federal government and the public are rightly demanding objective outcomes measurement and improved quality of care. ISS is designed to deliver the patient-reported outcomes in a way that meets the reporting requirements typical of a pay-for-performance environment,” said Sanford Emery, M.D., M.B.A., and professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at the West Virginia School of Medicine.
Evolving Medical Research
“Like most academic medical centers, one of WVU’s goals is to produce clinical research that is largely based on surgical outcomes,” said Emery. “In the past, research papers were based on observations of the physician in the office at follow up visits, who would dictate notes that were largely subjective and often inaccurate,” he explained. “This process has significantly evolved to fulfill the increasingly demanding requirements for accuracy and objectivity in PRO surveys that are the foundation of much present day clinical research.”
Emery was introduced to DCS and its ISS software during a visit to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where it had been in use for about a year. ISS gathers patient health history and quality of life data to provide and enable quick-glance summary reports, integration across healthcare processes, evidence-based protocols, interdisciplinary patient care, and collaborative research. “Since ISS is on the Web, patients can easily enter data from any location,” Emery noted. Fast response and the reliability of the CACHÉ-based application also ease the process for patients entering ISS data.
In addition to contributing to the advancement of the medical profession and long-term delivery of improved care quality based on clinical research findings, ISS has also eased the process of capturing data from subspecialties, according to Emery. “Spine patients, for example, require different survey questions than hand patients and sports patients. While some data are overlapping, others are very specific to the subspecialty and ISS enables developing those specific surveys,” he said. Emery and the staff at the WVU Department of Orthopedics are currently developing several clinical surveys for subspecialties in orthopedics.
“Measuring and analyzing patient-reported outcomes improves the process of care, creates better research and develops a more complete and accurate picture of care value measurement by utilizing the important, yet often overlooked, patient perspective,” said Chris Weiss, CEO at DCS. “But in order to harness all of this information and use it correctly, Web systems such as ISS need scalability and high performance. Fortunately for us and our customers, InterSystems CACHÉ gives us exactly that.”
“InterSystems specializes in advanced software technologies that enable building and deploying breakthrough applications such as ISS,” said Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning. “We look forward to working with DCS as they continue their leadership role in providing breakthrough clinical reporting solutions.”
InterSystems Corporation is a global software leader with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 23 countries. InterSystems provides advanced software technologies for breakthrough applications. InterSystems CACHÉ® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems DeepSee™ is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence capabilities in transactional applications. InterSystems Ensemble® is a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems HealthShare™ is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics, providing capabilities such as sharing of clinical information (including regional and national EHR solutions), comprehensive advanced analytics, building clinician and patient Web-based communities, and quickly filling informational and functional cross-system “gaps.” For more information, visit InterSystems.com.
About Dynamic Clinical Systems
Hanover, N. H.-based Dynamic Clinical Systems (DCS) is the health care industry’s most comprehensive and technically advanced provider of patient-reported outcomes services and solutions. DCS offers an integrated, highly secure, Web-based patient-clinician survey system that makes self-reported patient survey data and evidence-based protocols accessible at the point of need. DCS empowers clinicians, patients and other healthcare stakeholders to share in patient care decision-making, improve outcomes in a cost-effective manner, and enhance research and quality initiatives.
About West Virginia School of Medicine
West Virginia School of Medicine is part of the West Virginia United Health System. Its mission is to improve the health of West Virginians by educating health professionals; providing state of the art patient care; conducting basic science, clinical, translational and rural public health research; and by offering a variety of supportive health services to our residents. For more information, please visit www.hsc.wvu.edu.
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