Olympic Medical Center Enjoys Significant Benefits from Successful Implementation of Summit Healthcare’s Express Connect Interface Engine

Summit Healthcare, a leader in healthcare system integration and task automation, today announced a new partnership with Olympic Medical Center and the successful implementation of Summit Healthcare’s powerful interface engine technology at the acute care facility. Olympic Medical Center’s adoption of Summit Express Connect has resulted in significant cost savings and efficiency gains from rapid, seamless consolidation of multiple point-to-point interfaces.

The Summit Express Connect interface engine enabled Olympic Medical to replace seven interface engines with just one, and to consolidate 97 point-to-point interfaces down to just 36 total feeds - including just 8 master inbound and outbound feeds. The projected first year ROI from eliminating maintenance fees is estimated at just under $122,000. In addition, by utilizing the master feeds directly out of Summit Express Connect, the OMC team is able to quickly and efficiently build, test and deploy both HL7 and non-HL7 interfaces in support of an aggressive first quarter initiative involving 40 new applications and application update projects.

“We were looking to quickly and cost-effectively manage our existing interfaces and streamline work associated with an intensive schedule of application projects slated for our first quarter,” said Anna Shields, IT Applications Manager, Olympic Medical Center. “Given the complexity and magnitude of applications and interfaces in our environment, there would have been no feasible way to meet the aggressive application implementation timeline without Summit Express Connect. Furthermore, Summit Healthcare’s onsite training during the implementation is a value that cannot be underestimated. The OMC IT team was in awe of how quickly Express Connect went live and how short the conversion learning curve was – in weeks, the IT staff was self-sufficient in use and maintenance of Express Connect.”

Olympic Medical Center (OMC), located in Port Angeles, Washington, is the comprehensive health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. OMC provides emergency, surgical and birth center services at its 126-bed acute care hospital, as well as outpatient, primary and specialty care services at locations throughout the region. Olympic Medical was looking for an easy-to-use, scalable integration technology to bridge its healthcare systems and streamline its complex point to point interface environment.

“System integration with multiple point-to-point interfaces can present a formidable and costly challenge for today’s IT department,” said Ted Rossi, President and CEO, Summit Healthcare. “We are thrilled to partner with Olympic Medical Center for this task, providing them with a robust interface engine that gives the hospital the power and flexibility to develop and manage its own interfaces in one easy to use application.”

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About Summit Apex

The Summit Apex integrated product suite provides the MEDITECH industry with a comprehensive toolset for integration and automation needs and has quickly become the standard for streamlining efforts. From interface management to data migration and dictionary maintenance efforts, the Summit Apex suite includes:

  • Summit Express Connect — a robust interface engine used by hospitals to maximize and streamline their interface landscape. Allows the ability to leverage existing interfaces and easily connect multiple 3rd party ancillary vendor systems.
  • Summit Provider Exchange — a scalable, secure solution that facilitates the integration of bi-directional patient data between the hospital and the EMR at the physician office or clinic.
  • Summit Scripting Toolkit a full-featured workflow and task automation tool that also provides the means to extract and parse data, and is often used when conventional (HL7) methods to deliver data are not available.
  • Summit InSync — the market leading solution for dictionary maintenance accomplished through a powerful extraction, analysis and update process that ensures dictionaries are synchronized from test to live and across multiple facilities or platforms.
  • Summit Downtime Reporting System — ensures continuous access to critical patient data for clinicians at all times, to ensure quality of care and operational continuity in the event of MEDITECH or network downtime.

For our healthcare clients that do not have the resources to develop and manage interfaces internally, Summit Healthcare offers Integration Outsourcing Services as part of a complete integration package.

For our healthcare clients that do not have the resources to develop and manage interfaces internally, Summit Healthcare offers as part of a complete integration package.


About Summit Healthcare

Summit Healthcare is the choice of hospitals and providers who want to take full control of their MEDITECH healthcare systems integration and information management requirements. Since 1999, we have worked to provide the industry with the most flexible integration technology with complimentary tailored services and solutions. Visit us at www.summit-healthcare.com.