SOURCE: Interbit Data

Interbit Data

May 19, 2010 10:38 ET

St. Anthony Regional Hospital Saves Time and Boosts Speed Distributing Critical Patient Data With Interbit Data's NetDelivery

Patient Reports Are Distributed to Multiple Recipients and Locations Automatically, Eliminating Manual Report Distribution Processes That Waste Time and Paper and Delay Transmission of Patient Data to Clinicians Who Need It

NATICK, MA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) -  Automating report distribution from the healthcare information system (HCIS) to doctors in multiple locations, Interbit Data's NetDelivery and the NetDelivery Distribution Wizard have helped St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, IA with getting critical patient data to those who need it within minutes rather than hours. The hospital once used a totally manual report distribution process that involved printing patient reports on paper and sending them by mail or courier to the recipient. Since moving to NetDelivery, the hospital's staff not only saves time and stops performing this menial daily task; it also eliminates paper waste and expedites delivery of patient care.

"NetDelivery has proven to be an incredible time-saver for report distribution, specifically for the lab but also for pathology, radiology and the medical records department," stated Dr. Jedd Hagen, a pathologist at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. "The pathology department alone decreased the amount of patient reports it has to print and distribute by 80%; those reports are now sent automatically with NetDelivery."

St. Anthony Regional Hospital's pathology department sends patient reports to approximately 50 doctors at 15 different clinics, while its laboratory sends patient reports to this same group plus nursing homes and other doctors outside the hospital -- between 80 to 100 doctors altogether. The hospital also sends the doctors any dictation it does for patient history and physicals, operative reports and emergency room visits.

Prior to implementing NetDelivery, St. Anthony Regional Hospital's lab staff had to spend two hours per day printing, folding, sorting and packaging about 100 lab reports for delivery to different doctors. The pathology department consumed one hour per day to distribute 30-40 reports. That is time those departments now have each day to attend to more important issues. Because of this freed-up time, the hospital was able to absorb the loss of a staff member and not add new personnel, yet still accomplish everything they need to do. 

With NetDelivery, St. Anthony Regional Hospital can send patient reports easily to multiple locations at one time, pre-defining by recipient and location how each report is sent.

Patient reports going to a particular doctor are sent automatically -- there is no need to tell NetDelivery what to do as the software knows where a report needs to be sent and in what format the recipient prefers to retrieve it.

"NetDelivery is straight-forward, Windows-based and very easy to use," affirmed Hagen. "NetDelivery has many features and offers several delivery methods, allowing us to do more than just faxing."

NetDelivery offers 14 report distribution methods, including fax, email, file, or directly to printer, and report distribution in PRN, TIF, TXT or PDF file formats. Remote locations can retrieve the data via the Internet on demand, on schedule or in real-time. All Internet connections are validated and all data is encrypted using 128-bit encryption algorithms, ensuring and improving compliance with HIPAA.

The NetDelivery Distribution Wizard efficiently collates patient reports generated by the HCIS and directs them to the proper recipients based on user-defined rules using data extracted from the reports. Collating reports that are printed in batches saves time spent determining which reports go to each persons. By extracting the recipients and destinations from the reports, organizations increase the accuracy of who receives the report, improve security by not sending reports to the wrong persons, and save staff time and effort ensuring reports were received on time by the right person. 

About St. Anthony Regional Hospital
St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home, located in Carroll, IA, serves communities in West Central Iowa. Founded in 1905, the hospital is a 99-bed facility with a connected 79-bed nursing home. St. Anthony Regional Hospital has been designated as one of sixteen regional hospitals in Iowa by the Iowa State Department of Health.

About Interbit Data
Founded in 1997 and named to the 2009 Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest growing companies, Interbit Data helps healthcare organizations deliver better, more consistent patient care with secure, reliable and cost-effective software solutions that improve operational efficiency. The company's information distribution products deliver information securely over the Internet in multiple formats, such as fax, print, email, encrypted file or HL7 message format, and integrate it easily into physicians' practice EMRs. Interbit Data's business continuance products give healthcare providers continuous access to patient data in the event of a network or system outage. Interbit Data products are used by more than 650 MEDITECH® customers worldwide. For more information about Interbit Data and its NetSolutions products, visit the company Website at www.interbitdata.com.

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