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Michigan Hospital Upgrades Legacy Processes and Systems to Stay Ahead of the Curve -- Enhancing Patient Care and Clinical Productivity

Technology Implementations to Help Hospital Continue to Achieve Improved Results in Patient Care and Service, and Productivity among Doctors and Staff

GARDEN CITY, Mich., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A campus-wide picture archiving communications system (PACS), a robust document imaging and management system and a comprehensively redesigned Web site now reside at southeast Michigan's Garden City Hospital (GCH). Garden City Hospital officials expect the completion of the system upgrades, performed by the hospital's healthcare information technology service provider CareTech Solutions, will allow the hospital to provide better patient care and achieve greater levels of productivity.

"Garden City Hospital's core mission is to provide personalized healthcare that improves the well being of our patients and the community at large, and empowering our clinicians with the best technology directly supports our ability to provide excellent care," said Gary Ley, President and CEO of Garden City Hospital. "We place tremendous value on CareTech Solutions' ability to understand our needs and strategically implement technology that improves our hospital, and most importantly, helps our staff to provide the best patient care possible."

Completed in April 2008, Garden City Hospital's new PACS system, built by Amicas, Inc., enables electronic management of and remote access to medical images in the hospital's radiology department. A mere three months later, Garden City Hospital can boast that 75 percent of all medical images are now viewable in the hospital's PACS and emergency room physicians can accomplish preliminary radiological examinations significantly faster than the hospital's previous hardcopy-based system could allow.

Implemented in June 2008, a Web-based document imaging system, designed and built by CareTech Solutions, now securely stores, manages, retrieves and distributes Garden City Hospital's medical, billing, payment and other clinical documents electronically. iDoc(TM) helps to improve clinicians' access to information and the speed and quality of patient care, while reducing costs. iDoc also provides GCH's authorized users instant retrieval and online document completion and signature anywhere there is Internet access.

Supporting Garden City Hospital's goal of providing a more interactive yet simplified online experience, CareTech's work in redesigning the hospital's Web site (www.gchosp.org) to include its CareWorks CMS content management system now incorporates advanced functionality into the site, including a physician finder, an employment opportunity module, patient "e-greeting" cards, patient pre-registration, class registration, and an online medical-equipment store. Garden City Hospital leaders report 500 new visitors to the site per day.

"CareTech Solutions is proud to partner with Garden City Hospital to help advance its patient care strategy by bringing the benefits of technology to the hospital's patients and staff," said Jim Giordano, president and CEO of CareTech Solutions. "We thank Garden City Hospital for its longstanding relationship with CareTech, and we look forward to continuing that relationship well into the future."

About Garden City Hospital

Located in Garden City, Michigan, Garden City Hospital provides comprehensive healthcare services, osteopathic medical education, and healthcare related programs to the community at large. For more information about Garden City Hospital, please call (734) 458-3300 or visit www.gchosp.org.

About CareTech Solutions, Inc.

CareTech Solutions, Inc., an information technology services provider for hospitals and health systems, is committed to creating value for clients through customized, flexible solutions that contribute to improving patient care while lowering healthcare costs. From implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day operations, CareTech offers clients expert services across the entire patient data lifecycle.

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For more information, please visit www.caretechsolutions.com.

SOURCE CareTech Solutions, Inc.

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