SOURCE: Patient Care Technology Systems

May 19, 2008 09:10 ET

Patient Care Technology Systems’ Automatic Patient and Asset Tracking Implemented in Perioperative Department at Providence Portland Medical Center

Workflow Automation System Uses Ultrasound Locating From Sonitor Technologies

MISSION VIEJO, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR), today announced that Providence Portland Medical Center (PPMC), Portland, Oregon has implemented Amelior ORTracker® version 2.6 in its perioperative department. The software was implemented with an ultrasound real time locating system from PCTS partner Sonitor Technologies. The system was implemented to help improve the efficiency of surgical care by visualizing the real-time care status of patients and the location of department resources utilizing the latest in perioperative workflow automation technologies. The implementation represents an upgrade to the original Amelior ORTracker system installed four years ago using the first generation of the software without a real time location system. On May 20th, Deborah Bahlman R.N., M.S., regional manager of surgery information systems for Providence Health & Services in Oregon, will be presenting a review of automatic patient and asset tracking at the OR Business Management conference in San Francisco.

The automatic tracking system utilizes an ultrasound indoor positioning system within the perioperative department to capture the real time location of personnel and equipment. Wireless badges for patients and mobile medical devices use an ultrasound signal to communicate room and sub-room level location information to sensors throughout the perioperative department. The web-based Amelior ORTracker software uses an advanced perioperative rules engine to identify patient care milestones based on the location, movement and interactions between patients, caregivers and medical devices. Caregivers are able to visualize patient flow using status view screens specific to each unit within the perioperative department without having to manually enter data or rely on telephones and overhead pages to manage their workflow.

"Perioperative departments need to orchestrate all their resources in a highly efficient manner to minimize the risk of delays which could impact patient safety and the utilization of limited OR suites," said Tony Marsico, CEO of PCTS. "We are very pleased to support the expansion of Providence Portland Medical Center’s perioperative services with our latest generation of perioperative workflow automation software."

The Amelior ORTracker software is part of PCTS’ suite of department-specific and enterprise-wide workflow automation solutions which utilize real-time location data to visualize patient flow enabling busy caregivers to anticipate and manage their workflows. Earlier this year, 3M Track and Trace Solutions announced a strategic teaming partnership with PCTS to bring PCTS’ portfolio of integrated workflow automation solutions to 3M’s customers. The 3M and PCTS teaming partnership spans both technology and go-to-market integration.

About Providence Portland Medical Center

Providence Portland Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services in Oregon, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, health plans, physicians, clinics and affiliated health services. The hospital is recognized for excellence in patient care and research in areas such as cancer, heart, orthopedics, women's health, rehabilitation services and behavioral health. For more information, visit www.providence.org/oregon.

About Sonitor Technologies

Sonitor Technologies is a leading provider of Real Time Location System (RTLS) solutions. Sonitor Technologies is the developer, manufacturer and supplier of a proprietary ultrasound indoor positioning system (IPS) that automatically tracks with 100% room or sub-room accuracy the real-time location of moveable equipment and people in complex indoor environments, such as hospitals. Sonitor Technologies' RTLS technology is designed for seamless integration with third party applications software and integration solutions. Sonitor Technologies was founded in Norway in 1997. To learn more about Sonitor Technologies and its ultrasound IPS, please visit the corporate website at visit the corporate website at www.sonitor.com.

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 most real-time locating technologies including ultrasound, infrared, active 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.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts

    Patient Care Technology System
    Stephen Armstrong
    VP Marketing
    (949) 282-2571

    Sonitor Technologie
    Terry Aasen
    President and CEO
    (877) 477-9767