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UPMC Paves Road to Better Quality Health Care

Major interoperability project with dbMotion goes live

Pittsburgh, Pa., February 25, 2008 — The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a leading integrated health care enterprise, and dbMotion, a premier provider of health care information integration software that facilitates interoperability and health information exchange (HIE), today announced the completion of the first phase of their extensive interoperability initiative. As a result, an initial group of caregivers at UPMC now have easy access to the comprehensive patient information needed to advance the quality of care.  The announcement was made at the 2008 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

“This is a remarkable start to one of the largest projects ever for creating true interoperability in health care,” said G. Daniel Martich, M.D., chief medical information officer at UPMC. “Our goal is to dramatically improve patient care and safety by allowing data to be easily retrieved, shared and understood across our 20 hospitals, 400 outpatient sites and doctors’ offices and other care facilities.”

UPMC’s interoperability platform is centered on the dbMotion™ Solution, a service oriented architecture (SOA) based technology. It creates an integrated patient record composed of a patient’s medical data maintained at facilities that otherwise have no common technology through which to share data. This is accomplished without the replacement of existing information systems. This early phase also includes a first implementation of semantic interoperability, or the integration of data coded in different systems to ensure that the true meaning of the information is presented to clinicians within their normal workflow. At UPMC, the dbMotion Solution aggregates and integrates data from a wide variety of clinical systems including: Cerner, Epic, McKesson, Siemens, Misys, Quest Diagnostics and MEDITECH.

”Given the size and scope of UPMC, this project may provide a national model for addressing one of the critical problems in health care—how to quickly and accurately share data across disparate providers to better and more efficiently care for patients. Working with dbMotion, we believe that we have found the solution,” said Tami Merryman, chief quality officer at UPMC. “Interoperability is key to our vision of providing the right care to the right patient at the right time, every time,” she added.

“This is a great step forward, and we are thrilled to be able to assist UPMC in executing its vision of clinical excellence,” said Yuval Ofek, dbMotion’s CEO. “We look forward to moving ahead together with the same vigor and commitment applied to this first phase of implementation as we build new levels of interoperability within UPMC and its community.”

In this first phase, which went live earlier this month, this group of UPMC physicians and other clinicians in two emergency departments, two primary-care ambulatory practices and a medical clinic gained access to a “single view” of essential medical data. This includes such clinical categories as Medications, Allergies, Labs and Problems. Previously, this information was available in disparate systems across UPMC’s network and was cumbersome to retrieve, compare and analyze.

Formally announced in October 2006, the UPMC-dbMotion initiative also includes a joint development partnership and an investment in dbMotion by UPMC. Next steps in the project include expanding to more users, adding more clinical systems and data sources and progressing to higher levels of semantic interoperability.

A demonstration of the current UPMC platform is being showcased at HIMSS (dbMotion booth #4473). As part of this demonstration, there will be a live connection to the platform and UPMC staff available to share their experiences and discuss the impact of interoperability on disease management, pay-for-performance, quality and other key health care issues.

About University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is the largest integrated health care enterprise in Pennsylvania and one of the leading nonprofit medical centers in the country. It is one of only 14 hospitals nationwide to earn “honor roll” status in U.S. News & World Report’s 2006 “America’s Best Hospitals” survey.

Widely recognized for its innovations in patient care, research, technology and health care management, UPMC has transformed the economic landscape in western Pennsylvania. The region’s largest employer, with 48,000 employees and nearly $7 billion in revenue, UPMC comprises 20 tertiary, specialty and community hospitals, 400 outpatient sites and doctors’ offices, retirement and long-term care facilities, an insurance plan, and international ventures. Nearly 5,000 physicians are affiliated with UPMC, including more than 2,300 employed physicians. For more information, visit

About dbMotion

dbMotion is a premier provider of health care information integration software that facilitates interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) for health information networks and integrated health care delivery systems. The dbMotion™ Solution gives caregivers and information systems secure access to an integrated patient record composed from the patient’s medical data maintained at facilities that are otherwise unconnected or have no common technology through which to share data. The solution is field-proven having been implemented in demanding environments since 2001 – serving millions of patients and integrating billions of individual records of clinical information. For more information on dbMotion visit or write to:

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