dbMotion Chosen by Unity Health System to Enhance Patient-Centered Medical Home

New York IDN will implement semantic interoperability and population health platform to enable provider collaboration and diabetes management program

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- dbMotion, an innovative provider of connected health care solutions, today announced that its interoperability platform has been selected by the Unity Health System in New York to facilitate far-reaching health information exchange efforts. The dbMotion™ Solution will connect disparate technologies across the enterprise, extend Unity Health’s advanced patient-centered medical home (PCMH) capability, and advance the organization’s robust care management and population health initiatives as part of a NY State funded initiative called the Unity Community Diabetes Collaborative.

“The ability to access and use patient information is essential to the delivery of quality of care,” says Margaret Donahue, MD, CMIO of Unity Health System. “The dbMotion platform will serve as the foundation by providing a longitudinal patient record to support our efforts to connect with our employed providers. It will also leverage the local Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) to improve communications with providers across the community and state as well.”

The dbMotion implementation will allow semantic interoperability among Unity Health System’s 70 locations including hospitals (over 300 beds), primary care and specialty ambulatory practices, long-term care and home health professionals, as well as a cohort of 300 community providers. The Rochester-based IDN currently uses Cerner inpatient and NextGen ambulatory electronic health records (EHR). dbMotion will also be linked to other systems including solutions supporting Nursing Homes, Home Health, a reference lab that serves Unity and others in the community, a new EHR for dialysis and ancillary systems for Document Management, radiology and other departments.

Data captured by and stored in these disparate HIT solutions—regardless of format or nomenclature—will be harmonized and delivered into each clinician’s typical workflow when and where they need it. With the core interoperability platform, Unity Health will also deploy dbMotion Collaborate, an application that gives providers a unified and up-to-date “snapshot” of a patient’s care pathway on their desktop—including encounters, admissions, lab results, etc.—even when they are not the ordering physician.

The collaborative is an initiative that includes deployment of dbMotion along with a multitude of other HIT systems including several ambulatory EHR systems, an enterprise master patient identifier (eMPI) from IBM, decision support to help clinicians identify and close gaps in care, and solutions for patient education and engagement.

“Because of dbMotion’s semantic capabilities, providers and care managers will have access to coherent and holistic patient information that is meaningful and actionable,” notes John Glynn, VP and CIO of Unity Health System. “dbMotion will become a critical part of our IT strategy, which will focus on improving communications with physicians. They will be able to analyze patient-specific health trends at the point of care, as well as put data into a broader, population-centric context. We anticipate that dbMotion’s Collaborate will prove particularly valuable to Unity’s diabetes patient management program by helping identify and close gaps in care.”

“In addition to creating health information exchange within the Unity IDN, the implementation of the dbMotion Solution will also enable Unity to more effectively participate in regional initiatives such as the local Rochester RHIO, expansion of the Unity PCMH model, and community efforts to reduce unnecessary readmissions and costs,” remarks Al Kinel, President of Strategic Interests, a consulting company that helped secure funding from NY State and is managing the complex program.

“Unity Health System is truly a visionary organization,” says Peter McClennen, president of dbMotion North America. “Not only is leadership committed to connecting its own community, it is moving ahead to integrate with an even broader network—truly a futuristic model. We are excited to be part of it.”


dbMotion™ provides an innovative connected healthcare solution that integrates patient information from disparate health information technologies and delivers it to clinicians at the point of care. Harmonizing health information across the enterprise and throughout the community, the dbMotion interoperability solution semantically organizes volumes of data, enabling providers to easily access and manage information within familiar workflows. The dbMotion solution bridges clinical settings to facilitate seamless transitions of care and nurture referral relationships. Built on an SOA platform, dbMotion combines health data to present a 360-degree view of the patient’s health status to facilitate better care and disease management, and to prepare organizations for healthcare reform. This robust solution has been implemented in the world’s most demanding healthcare IT environments since 2001. For more information about dbMotion, visit www.dbmotion.com.


At Unity Health System you’ll find the friendliest and most compassionate people dedicated to providing the best possible health care experience. We have over 70 locations in Rochester and Monroe County, including Unity Hospital, located on the Unity Park Ridge Health Care Campus in the town of Greece and the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester. Key programs include our Joint Replacement Center, Family Birth Place, Spine Center, Diabetes Center, Stroke Center, Brain Injury & Physical Rehabilitation, and Chemical Dependency. Our Center for Aging has the area’s most comprehensive range of services for older adults which includes specialized care for dementia, a chronic ventilator unit, three skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, a short-stay transitional care center, home health services, adult day programs, and The Villages at Unity – an independent senior living community. ACM Medical Laboratory is a world leader of patient and clinical trials testing, with locations in western New York, York, England, and India, and lab partnerships across the globe. Our shared commitment to delivering health care the way it should be is reflected in our overall employee and patient satisfaction ratings and quality outcomes. For more information, visit www.unityhealth.org.


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