SOURCE: Patient Care Technology Systems

December 17, 2008 09:10 ET

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Integrates PCTS Automatic Tracking System With Epic Documentation Software

MISSION VIEJO, CA and LONG BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2008) - Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR), today announced that Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, California, has successfully interfaced the Amelior EDTracker® patient and asset tracking system to their Epic emergency department documentation system. The interface provides real-time patient location information to their documentation system without requiring manual data entry. The automatic tracking system has been in use in the department since 2002 and has assisted the department in reducing patient wait times and length of stay in a department that now treats over 90,000 patient visits annually.

The Amelior EDTracker system automatically tracks patient, staff and movable medical equipment location through an interface to a facility's choice of real-time location network including active-RFID, infrared, ultrasound, ultra-wideband, Wi-Fi and ZigBee. Using emergency department workflow intelligence, the tracking system measures and interprets location, movement and interactions between people and equipment to recognize patient care milestones. Additional intelligence recognizes the significance of events and alerts the appropriate caregivers. By visualizing the real-time care progression of patients based on interfaces to RTLS and department information systems, caregivers are able to manage their workflows more efficiently. This enables departments facing rising patient volumes to increase their effective capacity. Integrated reporting tools including a real-time dashboard and on-demand reports help departments to optimize patient flow further.

After implementing an emergency department documentation system from Epic Systems Corporation, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center added an interface to the Amelior EDTracker system. The tracking system provides location, room and staff assignments, tag information, as well as patient left ED status. With this information the emergency department clinicians have more complete information on patient care progression to anticipate and manage their workflows without having to wait to confirm this data and enter it manually.

"We are pleased to be able to exchange patient information between our automatic tracking and documentation systems," said Carol Nachreiner RN, executive director of emergency services. "The addition of real-time patient location as well as room and staff assignments will help us to continue to operate as efficiently as possible."

The Amelior EDTracker system is capable of integrating with any hospital or department system through the Amelior Interface Gateway™. Using HL-7 formats including v.3, data can be shared between systems and even transformed from one format to another (e.g., HL-7 and XML) within a single point of management for ease of use. Advanced notification capabilities enable clinicians to remain connected to patient status updates and results in real-time through pages, email and text messages.

"Delivering real-time location information in the context of a patient's care progression adds significant value to documentation systems," said Tony Marsico, president and CEO of PCTS. "Typically ED information systems (EDIS) rely on manual data entry to update patient location status. By interfacing with a PCTS automatic tracking system, caregivers do not have to delay care until information is manually entered. And they have more complete information on care progression to anticipate and manage their workflows."

About Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital, a 741-bed facility and the second-largest private hospital campus on the West Coast, is part of the Memorial Health System. MemorialCare Medical Centers are not-for-profit, community-based hospitals located in both Los Angeles and Orange counties and include Anaheim Memorial, Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's Hospital, Orange Coast Memorial and Saddleback Memorial Medical Centers (Laguna Hills and San Clemente).

About Patient Care Technology Systems

Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR) supports health care providers with intelligent workflow automation solutions to improve patient flow and to reduce the risk of medical errors. The company's Amelior™ software suite includes Amelior ED®, a comprehensive emergency department information system, and automatic patient and asset tracking software for the emergency department, perioperative suite, and enterprise-wide needs. Amelior automatic tracking software is compatible with all leading locating hardware including ultrasound, infrared, RFID, ultra-wideband, and Wi-Fi. PCTS customers have been recognized nationally for improvements in efficiency and clinical excellence. PCTS was recognized with the prestigious Blue Diamond Award for Best IT Innovation in 2007. For more information, visit www.pcts.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. PCTS and CSLR caution you that any statements contained in this press release which are not strictly historical statements constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those related to PCTS's and CSLR's expectations regarding continued business growth. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, (copies of which may be obtained at the SEC's website at: http://www.sec.gov) -- could impact the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. PCTS and CSLR disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any such statements to reflect any change in PCTS and CSLR's expectations, or in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

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