Sunquest, Partners HealthCare System and Massachusetts General Hospital Announce Agreement to Co-Develop Next Generation Diagnostic Pathology Solutions

Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:00am EDT

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Leaders Partner to Revolutionize the Practice of Laboratory Medicine
TUCSON, Ariz.--(Business Wire)--
Sunquest Information Systems, Inc., a market leader in laboratory and diagnostic
information systems, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), an innovator in
medical care, research and teaching, and Partners HealthCare System, an
integrated health care delivery system with a tradition of IT excellence, today
announced a collaborative agreement to jointly develop the next generation
anatomic and clinical pathology based laboratory information system. 

The agreement formalizes the organizations` mutual intentions to create
solutions that improve the quality, safety and efficacy of patient care while
creating a foundation for clinical and translational research. The agreement
will provide for the co-development, distribution and implementation of software
designed to provide efficient, flexible work, specimen and information flow;
support advanced diagnostic and management methodologies; and accelerate the
real world practice of personalized and predictive medicine in pathology. 

At the annual APIII (Advancing Practice, Instruction, & Innovation through
Informatics) conference in Pittsburgh, Dr. John Gilbertson, Associate Chief of
Pathology and Director of Pathology Informatics at MGH, told the audience that
tomorrow`s laboratories will utilize advanced diagnostic and information
management technologies, such as digital pathology, molecular studies, business
intelligence and service-oriented architectures to simplify and strengthen the
informatics infrastructure. The clinical laboratory of the future, he said, will
require re-designed workflow, progressive techniques, and software solutions
that fully enable this new diagnostic environment. 

"Consolidating anatomic and clinical pathology information systems and
incorporating more efficient and increasingly automated workflow, will enable
improved and agile working relationships between central information systems,
laboratory professionals, pathologists, care providers, and patients,"
Gilbertson said. 

According to John Glaser, CIO of Partners HealthCare, quality pathology
information is central to patient safety and the efficient delivery of world
class health care. "Pathology systems feed large amounts of quantitative and
qualitative data to a wide range of systems from Electronic Medical Records to
research repositories," said Glaser. "This collaboration with Massachusetts
General Hospital focuses on creating advanced pathology system solutions that
are consistent with our vision of using information technology as a driver to
enable efficient, high-quality health care delivery and enable the delivery of
personalized medicine to our patients." 

"Technologies that support the vision of a fully automated pathology department,
such as advanced sample management, digital image generation and pattern
recognition, are advancing rapidly," said Richard Atkin, president and CEO of
Sunquest Information Systems, Inc. "This relationship fully leverages the
complementary strengths of Sunquest`s extensive knowledge of clinical laboratory
and diagnostic information solutions with MGH`s and Partners HealthCare`s
superior clinical experience and leading edge research. Together our
organizations are committed to co-developing new solutions that will
significantly impact not only the discipline of pathology, but also the
development of the information systems that support the practitioners and their

About Sunquest Information Systems, Inc.

Sunquest Information Systems, Inc. is a global market leader in laboratory and
diagnostic information solutions. The company develops and markets best-of-suite
solutions that improve productivity and enhance revenue through workflow
excellence, enable customers to exceed patient safety goals, enhance physician
and patient affinity within the community, and position leaders to drive success
in the era of predictive and personalized medicine. Sunquest introduced the
concept of the Five Rights of Laboratory Testing to champion the importance of
the laboratory in the safe delivery of healthcare. 

Sunquest is a recognized leader in customer service and on-time implementations
with more than 1,400 hospitals and commercial laboratories using its solutions
worldwide. The company`s experienced sales and technical service teams deliver
assistance to customers for their procurement, implementation, and customer care
needs. Its professional services division provides a wide array of management
and technical tools, including lab redesign and optimization, outreach and lab
network program development, and operational business and implementation plans.
For more information, call 800-748-0692 or visit: 

Sunquest is a registered trademark of Sunquest Information Systems, Inc.All
other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.

Sunquest Information Systems, Inc.
Kelly Feist, 520-570-2023
VP, Marketing and Product Management

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