SOURCE: Patient Care Technology Systems

Patient Care Technology Systems

March 03, 2009 06:15 ET

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Implements Cardiovascular Unit Automatic Patient and Asset Tracking From Patient Care Technology Systems

Surgical Services Implementation Expands to Heart and Vascular Institute

CHARLOTTE, NC and PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - March 3, 2009) - Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR), today announced that Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (PSVMC) in Portland, Oregon has successfully implemented the Amelior ORTracker® patient and asset tracking system for patients in the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute. PCTS integrated its automatic tracking software with an ultrasound indoor positioning system.

Headed by internationally renowned cardiac surgeon Albert Starr, M.D., Providence Heart and Vascular Institute is the largest provider of cardiac services in the Pacific Northwest and is one of the nation's premier cardiac centers. Each year at the institute, more than 13,000 patients benefit from the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and cardiac surgery. Through clinical research trials, patients here also have access to many new therapies before they become widely available.

The Amelior ORTracker solution is part of PCTS' enterprise visibility suite which comprises departmental to facility-wide software solutions and services designed to more efficiently and safely orchestrate patient care through the real-time visualization of patient flow. Hospitals can scale their implementations by the entities they wish to track (movable medical equipment, patients, staff), purpose (asset management, patient flow, infection control) and by the scope of hospital workflow (perioperative department, emergency department, outpatient services, med/surg, facility-wide).

The web-based Amelior tracking software visualizes workflow by automatically identifying the location of people and equipment and the care progression of patients. Location information is generated by integrating with a facility's choice of real-time locating system (RTLS) including infrared, radio-frequency, ultrasonic and hybrid technologies. Workflow algorithms within the software interpret the meaning of location, movement and interactions between patients, staff and equipment to alert mobile caregivers to patient care milestones as they occur through dynamic watch lists and unit-level status and map view screens. Additional interfaces to hospital and department information systems and communication devices create a centralized workflow communication and management portal that eliminates the need for manual updates and delays caused by a lack of information.

"Cardiovascular services at PSVMC comprise many units whose caregivers need real-time patient status and movable medical equipment location information in order to coordinate care between them efficiently," said Deborah Bahlman RN, MS, regional manager of surgery information systems for Providence Health & Services Oregon. "Having used PCTS' automatic patient and asset tracking in our surgical services department, we decided to expand our use of this system to support our interventional cardiology units too."

PCTS will be demonstrating the Amelior ORTracker system at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress in Chicago on March 17 - 19 in booth #1087. On Wednesday, March 18th at 10am, PCTS will be presenting an overview on perioperative workflow visibility solutions at the AORN Congress Innovation Zone.

About Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Providence St. Vincent 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 facility is a Top 100 hospital having been awarded by Solucient eight times. In addition, Providence St. Vincent has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

About Patient Care Technology Systems

Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR), helps health care providers to improve patient flow, increase capacity and improve patient and staff safety by visualizing the real-time location of resources and the care status of patients throughout their facility. Proven return on investment in high turnover, high acuity departments such as the emergency department and perioperative suite where PCTS solutions have supported over 5 million patient visits with automatic tracking and emergency department documentation solutions. Compatible with all leading locating technologies including active-RFID, infrared, ultrasound, ultra-wideband, Wi-Fi and ZigBee. PCTS customers have been recognized nationally for improvements in efficiency and clinical excellence. 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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