Connexall and VigiLanz Combine Antimicrobial Stewardship with Intelligent Routing to Improve Patient Safety

BOULDER, CO & TORONTO, ON – (February 28, 2018) – Connexall and VigiLanz, both named Category Leaders in the 2018 Best in KLAS awards, have teamed up to deliver time-sensitive information related to antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) to increase patient safety and improve outcomes at hospitals.

The VigiLanz AMS platform aggregates information from physician order entries, laboratory and pathology reports, and the EHR to provide continuous surveillance of patients.  Connexall integrates with VigiLanz and the EHR to intelligently route data quickly and reliably to the assigned care team for the affected patient. This guides the care team to ensure safe and appropriate use of antibiotics.

“AMS has emerged as a central component of highly effective care quality and safety strategies, and success requires the ability to rapidly transform data into action,” said VigiLanz Chairman and CEO Dr. David Goldsteen, MD, MBA. “This partnership between VigiLanz and Connexall does just that, providing our customers with a robust AMS solution that leverages the power of two KLAS category leaders to drive improved patient outcomes.”

“Connexall is delighted to partner with VigiLanz to enhance antimicrobial stewardship programs for the benefit of patients.” stated David Tavares, GlobeStar/Connexall CEO.  “Our intelligent routing capabilities ensure that the assigned care team is notified promptly and reliably to deliver the care the patients require.” continued Tavares.

To learn more about this progressive solution, please visit VigiLanz at Booth #2674 and Connexall at Booth #8105 at HIMSS18.

About Connexall

Connexall, ranked number one and named Category Leader in the 2015/2016, 2017, and 2018 Best in KLAS awards, is an enterprise-grade event management and control platform that delivers hospital-wide interoperability to people, systems, tasks, and devices.  Its capabilities act as a backbone for clinical workflow, communicating the right information to the right person, at the right time, on the right device. Based on more than 20 years of R&D efforts, the Class II medical device software is completely vendor-neutral and device-independent. Connexall has offices in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Portugal and Hong Kong and works with well over a thousand of the world’s most renowned and progressive hospitals and health systems.  For more information please visit www.connexall.com.

About VigiLanz

Founded in 2001, VigiLanz Corporation (www.vigilanzcorp.com) is a privately held, rapidly growing provider of SaaS health care intelligence and predictive analytics. The firm is focused on aggregating disparate EHR transactional workflow and documentation data across health systems to identify real-time clinical issues that avoid or minimize harm, optimize clinical outcomes and support preventive care along the entire health system continuum. VigiLanz supports a large and growing community of hospital CMOs, CMIOs, CIOs, quality teams, infectious disease and control specialists, pharmacists, and other clinicians dedicated to real-time inpatient and outpatient care. VigiLanz is shaping the emerging era of real-time health care by delivering enterprise intelligence technology and services that improve clinical outcomes, patient care and operational effectiveness.

Tri-City Medical Center and VigiLanz: Achieving a Middleware First Through VigiLanz Connect

Customer Profile

Located in Oceanside, California, Tri-City Medical Center has served its community for over 50 years and is a 388-bed full service, acute-care hospital, with a primary care clinic and over 700 physicians practicing in 60 specialties. Its Gold Seal of Approval® from the Joint Commission recognizes its commitment to safe and effective patient care for the residents of the community it serves. It operates the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in North County, as well as an Orthopedic & Spine Institute, a Cardiovascular Health Institute and a Neuroscience Institute along with the Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad, California, recognized as one of the best wellness centers in San Diego County. It also specializes in women’s health, robotic surgery, cancer and emergency care.

Challenge

In the age of value-based care, it’s all about performance. Hospitals continually face increased financial pressure to reduce length of stay, hospital-acquired infection rates and hospital readmissions. The organization must improve healthcare analytics and core measures, avoid penalties and secure reimbursement, so it can continue to grow and thrive. This shift means hospitals must now consider cost avoidance instead of expecting direct reimbursement for patient care.

The challenge becomes how to support and enable next-generation healthcare providers to deliver real-time results from disparate platforms and technology. Sixty-two percent of hospital CIOs identify interoperability as a top priority, and 80 percent of accountable care organizations also cite data integration as a top challenge for their IT departments.

To help more healthcare providers deliver real-time results and to improve interoperability, medical facilities like Tri-City Medical Center require a services-oriented architecture and open application programming interface (API). The API must enable efficient aggregation, interaction and exchange of disparate data throughout the healthcare enterprise and across any of its software technologies, including EMRs and third-party single-point-solution vendors.

Solution

APIs fit the bill by allowing access to all of the data a digital health application and a health system would need in real time. Clinicians and administrators can now rapidly integrate new clinical and business information for better decision-making and, most importantly, for improved patient care with new interoperability services.

Tri-City Medical Center is the first VigiLanz customer site to utilize the company’s middleware API solution, VigiLanz Connect, to convert health data from its EMR into uniform, actionable intelligence in the VigiLanz Platform. Through VigiLanz Connect, the hospital turns its closed EMR systems into open platforms through robust services that do not rely on HL7 interfaces. VigiLanz handles connectivity and normalizes data structures across major EMR platforms, including Tri-City Medical Center’s Cerner platform, to quickly unlock the data. Benefits include shorter integration time (from months to days), elegant workflows, decreased maintenance costs and minimized risk.

“An API is definitely the way to go. Not only are APIs easy to use, but they are a no-brainer when it comes to rapid and successful implementation. Using VigiLanz’s middleware API helped us maximize the platform in a different, modern way. It is a simpler effort than using a solution like HL7, and it’s also stable and steady so it’s easy to maintain, despite the significant amount of data being pulled.” – Mark Albright, Vice President of Technology, Tri-City Medical Center

A middleware architecture has been shown to be the best technological solution for addressing the problem of EMR interoperability. The middleware platform facilitates the transparent, yet secure, access of patient health data directly from the various databases where it is stored. A hospital like Tri-City Medical Center no longer has to do all of the development itself. Instead, it can rely on off-the-shelf applications to solve problems. Middleware brings an application-agnostic approach to connecting EMRs to one another while allowing for specific development to enhance the significant investment by hospitals, health systems and physicians.