Advocate Health Care Commences Implementation of Carefx Portal Solution for 5,000 Physicians Across 11 Hospitals

Carefx's open architecture and aggressive implementation schedule were key to Advocate's decision

Aug 03, 2010, 07:00 ET from Carefx Corporation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 5,000 physicians at Advocate Health Care, the largest fully integrated not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in Illinois, will have streamlined access to patient information across Advocate's 11 Chicago-area hospitals with the implementation of Fusionfx,  a portal-based workflow solution from Carefx Corporation.

One of the nation's top 10 health systems in clinical performance and designated "Most Wired" by Hospitals and Health Networks, Advocate is deploying the Fusionfx physician portal at the recently acquired Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  Scheduled to go live in October, Fusionfx will also help streamline Condell's hospital-wide transition from McKesson Horizon to Cerner, the Advocate-endorsed system, internally branded "Care Connection."  

"Providing simplified access to a unified view of patient data will support Advocate's enterprise-wide approach to health information exchange," said Andrew Hurd, Chairman and CEO of Carefx.  "It is a privilege to be working with the progressive team at Advocate and we look forward to helping that team in their mission to improve care quality through the meaningful access and use of clinical information."  

"The functionalities of the physician portal Carefx is deploying at Condell will serve as a model for other Advocate hospitals.  It also will be the centerpiece of our broader enterprise-wide portal capable of serving all clinicians and healthcare business professionals at Advocate – from pharmacists and radiologists, to practice directors and accountants," said Mike Delahanty, Advocate's Vice President of Applications.  "As health information exchanges (HIEs) evolve and gain greater acceptance in the Chicago area, Advocate will be well positioned to provide leadership in health data sharing and exchange."  

The physician portal is the second collaboration between Advocate and Carefx.  In April 2010, Carefx deployed an obstetrics portal at Advocate's Illinois Masonic Medical Center (IMMC).  The obstetrics portal provides an aggregate view of information housed in the Cerner EMR and Phillips OB TraceVue. Having immediate access to a unified view of mother/baby records minimizes errors and ensures the safety of more than 3,600 mothers who deliver their babies at IMMC each year.  

For white papers and other strategic thinking from Carefx about how its open-architecture approach helps hospitals and health care systems transform their information systems to improve care quality, see the Carefx Online Resource Center.  In addition, videos of Carefx customers and healthcare visionaries commenting on Carefx's work with hospitals across the country can be viewed at

About Advocate Health Care

Oak Brook-based Advocate Health Care, the largest health care provider in Illinois, is ranked among the nation's top health care systems. A faith-based, non-profit system, Advocate is related to both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ. Advocate's 200-plus sites of care in metropolitan Chicago include eight acute care hospitals and two children's hospitals, a home health care company and four of Chicago's largest medical groups. Through its academic and teaching affiliations, Advocate trains more resident physicians than does any non-university teaching hospital in Illinois. For more information about Advocate Health Care, please visit

About Carefx Corporation

Carefx supports healthcare organizations in achieving their vision of advancing the quality and safety of patient care delivery through its Fusionfx suite of interoperable workflow solutions.  Fusionfx streamlines and simplifies clinical and business workflow and connects care providers to the information they need – where, when, and how they need it.  By managing care transitions and information gaps between diverse systems, departments and facilities, Fusionfx delivers crucial patient information with speed, efficiency and logic.  Carefx supports more than 700 hospitals, health systems, regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) across North America and Europe.

For more information, visit, or contact Carefx at 480-833-5010 or by email at  

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