Salina Regional Health Center Selects Summit Healthcare To Meet Downtime System Needs

Summit Healthcare, a leader in healthcare system integration and task automation, today announced an alliance with Salina Regional Health Center (SRHC), the leading acute care hospital of north-central Kansas, to address business continuity and ensure system access during planned and unplanned downtime of its MEDITECH health care information system (HCIS) or network. SRHC will be implementing the Summit Healthcare Downtime Reporting System (DRS) as part of its overall disaster recovery strategy.

SRHC was aware of the impact that a failure to its MEDITECH HCIS or hardware could have on care delivery. In order to ensure system access to crucial patient information during downtimes, SRHC needed a robust, encrypted continuity solution in place to capture patient reports and data for all departments. Summit Healthcare’s Downtime Reporting System will provide faculty at SRHC with access to pertinent reports immediately for both planned system or network downtime and unexpected outages. The reports are securely distributed using advanced encryption algorithms to local downtime machines throughout designated areas of the hospital. Accessed via individual username and password authentication, the critical reports are available to view and/or print, which enable staff to continue operations during downtime.

The documentation that SRHC intends to support with DRS includes: discharge summaries, downtime profile reports (Kardex), eMARs, nurses’ notes, plans of care and unit census. The hospital plans to expand the application of DRS after the initial implementation.

“Patient safety is of utmost importance at Salina Regional Health Center and we needed to ensure staff have continuous access to critical data should we experience a scheduled or unscheduled downtime of our HCIS or network. Our end goal is providing quality systems that enable our care givers to provide the very best in patient care,” said Michael McEldowney, Director of Information Services, Salina Regional Health Center. “I see the Summit Downtime Reporting Solution as the right system to fill a gap we recognized in our strategic plan. By implementing DRS, we can feel confident that operations can continue during a downtime while we work to address getting the system restored.”

“Summit Healthcare is thrilled to partner with Salina Regional Health Center and bring our Downtime Reporting technology to this well-regarded healthcare facility. We look forward to continuing our partnership with this MEDITECH HCIS customer to address any future integration, automation and business continuity needs,” said Ted Rossi, CEO, Summit Healthcare.

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About Summit Apex

The Summit Apex integrated product suite provides the Healthcare industry with a comprehensive toolset for integration and automation needs. From interface management to data migration and business continuity efforts, the Summit Apex suite includes:

  • Summit Express Connect — a robust interface engine used for both hospital to integrate with 3rd party 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 HCIS 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.

About Summit Healthcare

Summit Healthcare is the choice of hospitals and providers who want to take full control of their 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.

Summit Healthcare continues to grow and has over 1,000 customers in the healthcare market, including close partnerships with complementary technology partners, major system integrators, and value-added resellers. For more information, visit or call 781-519-4840.