Healthcare IT and Biotechnology News Release
Date of Publication: Wednesday, February 15, 2006

CliniComp's Essentris Clinical Information System Launches Smoothly at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA

Caregivers Able to Improve Communication, Streamline Documentation and Increase Patient Safety
CliniComp, Intl., a recognized leader of advanced, hospital-wide clinical information systems, announced that the third and final phase of its Essentris(TM) clinical information system has gone live and is in use at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA Healthcare, which offers a full spectrum of primary and specialized medical care for infants, children and adolescents.

With a smooth deployment in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Essentris now supports 113 beds including the NICU, pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit. Essentris is also implemented facility-wide at two other UCLA Healthcare hospitals -- UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center. Including Mattel Children's Hospital, the total count of live Essentris beds at UCLA Healthcare stands at 808.

Nursing and other medical staff are quickly adapting to the new system. Caregivers report that Essentris streamlines documentation by eliminating the need for paper charting, reduces or avoids duplicate entries and helps to improve patient safety.

"A high level of commitment, carefully planned rollout and working closely as a team set the stage for a successful deployment at Mattel Children's Hospital," stated Carl Witonsky, vice chairman of CliniComp. "By promoting and measuring best practices, the Essentris solution allows caregivers at Mattel to more quickly and accurately make the right patient care decisions -- freeing them to move on to other more urgent clinical duties."

CliniComp Essentris hardware and software solutions can be integrated into any technology environment or clinical setting, and function reliably even during power outages or system maintenance and upgrades. With the industry's fastest application-response times, Essentris provides:

-- Total automation. Completely replaces all elements of the manual chart.

-- Flexibility. Adapts quickly and easily to the differences between departments and institutions using the same software.

-- Redundancy. Resolves single-point failures with no loss of data or functionality.

-- Clinician workflow. Rapidly and automatically records, stores, assesses, organizes and documents patient data from a variety of sources.

UCLA Medical Center recently became one of only seven California hospitals to earn Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The designation recognizes health care facilities that deliver the top tier in nursing practice and patient care. As part of the evaluation process, the center considered the fact that the hospital's nurses were key members of the computerized documentation team.



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