Tripler Army Medical Center's Implementation of CliniComp's Essentris Improves Productivity...

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Tripler Army Medical Center's Implementation of CliniComp's Essentris Improves Productivity and Increases Revenue by 47 Percent

      Essentris Generates ROI Eight Months after Enterprise-Wide
SAN DIEGO--(Business Wire)--
CliniComp Intl., the clinical documentation tool for more than 45
percent of all Department of Defense (DoD) inpatient beds, today
announced that revenue at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) rose 47
percent after deployment of CliniComp's Essentris clinical
documentation system enterprise-wide. As a result, TAMC recouped its
initial IT investment in eighteen months.

   Currently, TAMC Essentris users include 1,300 clinicians as well
as administrative staff across all 17 TAMC sites. TAMC, the
headquarters of the Pacific Regional Medical Command and the largest
military hospital in the Asian and Pacific Rim region, initially
implemented Essentris at four sites between 1997 and 2003. System-wide
installation was completed in October 2007.

   "Patient care is our top priority and we knew we wanted to
implement an EMR solution that would standardize charting, provide
instant access to patient information and maximize productivity," said
Debbie Arai, R.N., TAMC's chief of inpatient clinical services.
"Previously, our nursing staff worked in three different modalities -
paper, an older EMR system and printouts - creating inefficient
workflow processes and a lack of flexibility. Now, all nurses chart in
the same system, using standardized forms, allowing them to transition
easily between departments. The quick ROI was a nice bonus."

   TAMC raised revenue by 47 percent by creating key coding phrases
for every service line and embedding them into Essentris. "When
clinicians enter these phrases, this allows coders to match the
appropriate reimbursement to the level of service patients receive,
minimizing lost charges and undercoding of claims that resulted from
the previously fragmented documentation environment," stated Arai.

   Arai added, "We have also seen a significant surge in productivity
in our medical records department. For example, before Essentris,
staff had to track down providers to sign an average of 20 incomplete
charts every month, a very time-consuming and frustrating activity.
We're now down to about one chart a month that requires administrative

   According to CliniComp's President, Technology & Operations J.F.
Lancelot, "It's gratifying that our clinical documentation system
supports Tripler Army Medical Center's mission. The ability to provide
our clients with almost immediate measurable improvements in patient
care, clinician efficiency and revenue management underlies our
commitment to providing the best and most user-friendly in-patient EMR

   About Tripler

   Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) is the headquarters of the
Pacific Regional Medical Command of the armed forces administered by
the United States Army in Honolulu. It is the largest military
hospital in the Asian and Pacific Rim region, serving an area that
includes Hawaii, Japan, Johnston Atoll, Guam, Eniwetok, Kwajalein, and
a number of Pacific island nations along with American Samoa.
Thousands of people are eligible to receive care at the Pacific
Regional Medical Command's premier teaching medical center. This
includes active-duty and retired service members of all branches of
service; their eligible family members; veterans; and many Pacific
Island Nation residents. For more information about TAMC, please visit

   About CliniComp

   CliniComp is a leading provider of an intelligent, reliable
inpatient electronic health record and surveillance solution suite to
leading hospitals and health systems. In its nearly two-decade
history, CliniComp has been a pioneer in bridging the gap between the
back-office and the bedside by extending existing HIS and ancillary
systems to the point of care. The Essentris enterprise solution
maximizes IT investment and enforces consistent workflow across all
aspects of patient care. Essentris' use of a single,
interdisciplinary, electronic chart enables caregivers to easily
access and view of the total clinical experience and provides a new
generation of real-time clinical surveillance and analysis tools. The
result is a dramatic improvement in quality and safety of patient
care, outcomes and clinical decision-making. Essentris is deployed at
approximately 70 client sites, including UCLA Healthcare, Baptist
Health South Florida and Tenet Healthcare Corporation. CliniComp also
has a sizable deployment across the Military Health System, covering
more than 45 percent of all Department of Defense beds. For more
information, visit or call 800.350.8202.

   ED. NOTE:

   "The appearance of name-brand products in this article does not
constitute endorsement by Tripler Army Medical Center, Pacific
Regional Medical Command, the Department of the Army, Department of
Defense or the U.S. Government of the information, products or
services contained therein."

Amendola Communications for CliniComp
Jodi Amendola
480-664-8412 ext. 11

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