Ashland Community Hospital Leverages Summit Healthcare Toolsets to Enhance Its MEDITECH Integration Environment

Summit Healthcare, a leader in healthcare system integration and task automation, today announced a new partnership with Ashland Community Hospital to optimize interface integration and better facilitate the communication of clinical data. Ashland Community Hospital’s implementation of Summit Express Connect and Provider Exchange has resulted in significant cost savings and improved efficiency from point-to-point interface consolidation and enhanced flow of clinical information.

Ashland Community Hospital (ACH), a 49-bed inpatient facility, had been live on MEDITECH since 2003 when it determined that it needed a more efficient and cost-effective way to manage its system integration with multiple point-to-point interfaces. Additionally, ACH was looking for a Physician Office Integration solution to facilitate the secure bi-directional communication of clinical data between MEDITECH and their provider offices. Summit Healthcare provided an ideal single vendor solution to help Ashland meet its interface management and interconnectivity goals.

“We selected Summit Healthcare as our integration partner because of their strong MEDITECH knowledgebase, experience and its proven technology,” said Randy Romanoff, IT Analyst, Ashland Community Hospital. “The flexibility and ease-of-use of Summit Express Connect cannot be understated – after minimal training our IT staff was completely self-sufficient in the use, development and management of our interfaces. No longer reliant on other vendors, we are totally in control of our own work and progress – this, to Ashland, is the greatest benefit technology can provide.”

Ashland Community Hospital also had a very specific need for a clinical monitor interface solution that would enable ACH’s patient monitor and telemetry system to transmit vital sign data to MEDITECH. The Summit Express Connect interface engine again was able to seamlessly integrate MEDITECH and patient vital sign data on time and on budget.

“Summit Healthcare provided Ashland Community Hospital with the ultimate single vendor approach to meeting our current and future integration goals," said Jack Price, Interim Director of IT, Ashland Community Hospital. “Summit Provider Exchange has also primed us for future endeavors surrounding meaningful use and enhanced community connectivity, by improving efficiency, functionality and the flow of clinical information to and from our current physician offices.”

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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.

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.