News | April 01, 2009

New Service Helps Hospitals Maximize Elekta’s Oncology EMR

April 2, 2009 - Elekta said it has formed STRATEGIQ Services, a professional services group designed to assist clients in obtaining additional value from the company’s oncology programs.

By evaluating and restructuring administrative and clinical processes while maximizing the usage of functionality available in Impac's comprehensive EMR software, MOSAIQ, oncology departments are reportedly finding benefits that not only create savings but also increase staff and patient satisfaction.

"We found that many oncology departments were only using the software for its basic ability to schedule, verify patient treatments, and print out paper charts," said Terry Oakes, vice president, STRATEGIQ Services for Elekta Oakes. "I like to say that STRATEGIQ Services 'brings the software to life' by helping our clients realize efficiencies for their unique challenges. We work with our clients to revise their current processes and use of the software. We help them identify and develop new processes, eliminate their dependence on paper and gain the efficiencies of an electronic medical record system while improving the quality of their patient care."

STRATEGIQ Services recently completed an engagement at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, MO. to help the comprehensive oncology department minimize the use of paper through more efficient use of their Impac Software.

Marcy Maxwell, Director of Oncology Services, said, "STRATEGIQ Services really forced us to think step by step through our processes. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to clearly define roles and get everyone on the same page. From this process we were able to lay the groundwork for a more standardized, efficient system, which we desperately needed.”

Although many benefits are possible, Maxwell said they will immediately benefit from the efficiencies identified in day-to-day activities, standardization of documentation in medical and radiation oncology and instant availability of patient information.

For Impac oncology software users, the ability to take advantage of the software's inherent EMR capabilities offers numerous benefits. "STRATEGIQ is helping radiation and medical oncology departments determine how they can immediately profit by more fully utilizing the software's capabilities," says Oakes. "An additional benefit of a STRATEGIQ engagement is that by streamlining processes, a cancer center can gain a competitive advantage in their marketplace."

For more information: www.elekta.com

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