Mercy Merced selects Clinical Xpert CareFocus for identification of high-risk patients

Ann Arbor, MI  September 10, 2008 - Mercy Merced Medical Center, part of the Catholic Healthcare West system, will use the Clinical Xpert CareFocus solution from Thomson Reuters to rapidly identify high-risk patients within the active hospital census.  

CareFocus is an extension of the Clinical Xpert Navigator solution that gives clinicians access to patient clinical data via their Palm, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry® smartphones.

CareFocus allows clinicians to build clinical profiles to identify high-risk patients from the entire hospital census based on their medications, lab results, vital signs, diagnoses, observations, active orders, and demographics. By identifying at-risk patients early, hospitals can significantly improve clinical outcomes - reducing mortality, length of stay, and potential costs from treating complications.

"The capability that CareFocus brings to the hospital is extremely valuable," said Dr. Robert Streeter, chief medical officer for Mercy Merced Medical Center. "As an example, the ability to identify an early-stage sepsis patient based on subtle clinical changes can have a big impact on the timeliness of medical intervention - and on the end results. We are very excited about bringing CareFocus into our operations."  

In addition to the solution, Thomson Reuters provides consulting services to assist clinicians with the process of building and deploying clinical profiles.  Typical sets include (but are not limited to) profiles for identifying patients with acute myocardial infarction (with and without aspirin), influenza, C-difficile toxins, urinary tract infections, MRSA infection, and diabetes management. Custom profiles can be built based on the specific program and clinical needs of the individual hospital and clinician.  

"Catholic Healthcare West is a leader in the adoption of technology to improve the quality of clinical care," said Thomas Hegelund, executive vice president of the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters.  "We are eager to help them put clinical profiling into practice."

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About Catholic Healthcare West
Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) is the eighth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in the West. Founded in 1986, the CHW network of more than 9,500 physicians and approximately 53,000 employees serve a population spanning 22 million people at 41 hospitals across California, Arizona, and Nevada. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable healthcare services with special attention to the poor and underserved. In 2007, CHW provided $922 million in charity care, community benefits, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at