Windsor's Hôtel-Dieu Grace hospital adopts Kingston-developed patient waiting list technology



    KINGSTON and WINDSOR, ON, April 14 /CNW Telbec/ - A web-based patient
waiting-list management tool developed and piloted at Kingston General
Hospital is streamlining surgical services at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in
Windsor, ON.
    The novel tool ensures patients that vital information about their
preparation for surgery is now fully integrated between their surgeons'
offices and the hospital's operating room services.
    The hospital went live with Axcess.Rx(TM) and its pre-surgical
preparation module, a software system developed by AdapCS.Canada Corp. of
Kingston, in November.
    The unique software tool assists physicians in the preparation,
prioritization, selection and booking of patients. It enhances and simplifies
communication between the physicians ordering the procedures, the hospital
departments where patients are prepared for surgery, the anesthetists and the
operating room.
    Surgeons now have a single system to maintain their waiting lists,
prioritize their patients, ensure that the patients are prepared for surgery
in accordance with defined hospital protocols, and confirm bookings in the OR,
while also reporting patients to the Ontario Wait Times System (WTIS).
    "Once fully implemented, this system will reduce both data entry and
paper-based processes. The surgeons can review consented cases to be booked
and their future scheduled cases, says Dr. Allan Forse, Chief of Surgery at
Hôtel-Dieu Grace. "With the advent of the pre-anesthetic clinics that are
based on pathways and best practice guidelines, surgeons will simply book the
case and the scheduled patient is prepared in time for their operation."
    A further benefit of the system is its integration with provincial
reporting requirements, he points out. "Axcess.Rx functions seamlessly with
the provincial wait times system, such that surgeons do not have to process
any WTIS data separately."
    Dr. John Marshall, President and CEO of AdapCS, notes that the
installation of Axcess.Rx at HDGH could be expanded to cover the other
hospitals in the region and provide a regional view of surgical demand and
supply.
    "Over the last few years we have developed our system to ensure that it
meets the needs of both surgeons and hospitals in preparing patients for
surgery. At the same time we have focused on the efficient use of available
resources so that patients can be treated as soon as possible and hospitals
can direct their resources to where they are most needed," says Dr. Marshall.
    Axcess.Rx(TM) was developed under the direction of Dr. Marshall, a
long-time Kingston neurosurgeon and past chief of staff of KGH, and John Lott,
Director of Information Analysis and Distribution for KGH. The technology
forms the basis of AdapCS.Canada Corp. of Kingston, which markets
Axcess.Rx(TM) and other software solutions and consulting services to the
health care sector.
    PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer agent of Kingston General
Hospital, has filed for patent protection on the waiting list technology and
has licensed exclusive rights for commercialization to AdapCS.Canada.
    Axcess.Rx(TM) is now in use at hospitals in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Hospitals and physicians credit the patent-pending technology with
streamlining patient management, resulting in fewer cancellations and better
"flow" of patients through the continuum of care.




For further information:

For further information: AdapCS.Canada Corp.: W. John S. Marshall,
President and CEO, (613) 531-3008 Ext 202, jmarshall@adapcscanada.com; Hotel
Dieu Grace Hospital, Windsor: Kim Spirou, Vice President, Communications &
Development, (519) 973-4433

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