Novo Innovations Announces Three-Year Agreement with Southwest Washington Medical Center

ALPHARETTA, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Novo Innovations, the leading healthcare provider of software-agent technologies to improve health information exchange, today announced a three-year agreement with Southwest Washington Medical Center (SWMC) of Vancouver, Wash. Novo’s agent-based software has already fully interfaced SWMC’s systems with four practices’ electronic medical record (EMR) systems. In addition, 14 new practices are now being interfaced, with more implementations planned.

Electronic delivery of laboratory results and transcribed reports through the Novo system are the first functionalities offered by SWMC. The hospital intends to expand the range of information it can exchange electronically to include radiology reports, lab orders and additional information that is valuable to SWMC’s practice population.

According to Petra Knowles, SWMC’s CIO, the strong results generated thus far have led the hospital to designate the Novo system as a key component of its management services organization (MSO) strategy of providing IT solutions to community-based physicians. “Rather than providing only practice management or EMR systems to practices,� Knowles says, “we’re looking to leverage the Novo solution to provide a fully integrated solution to practices when they go electronic, so they will have access to the full continuum of patient information.�

Prior to its relationship with Novo, SWMC developed customized point-to-point interfaces for the hospital’s largest affiliated practices, but the hospital was not satisfied with that approach’s high cost and lack of sustainability. By deploying the Novo system, SWMC interfaces with practices much more quickly — and at a fraction of the cost — than creating custom interfaces for each EMR in use in the community.

“I’m pleased that Southwest Washington Medical Center is taking the long-range view of the Novo solution and its capabilities,� says Robert Connely, CEO of Novo Innovations. “Southwest Washington’s experience highlights the flexibility of the Novo system, which empowers hospitals to meet their specific information exchange priorities.�

About Novo Innovations

Founded in 2003, Novo Innovations has pioneered a new approach to health information exchange. Novo’s approach is based on the use of intelligent software agents to provide workflow automation and system integration between hospitals, physicians and other providers in the healthcare community. Novo’s comprehensive service approach provides all of the necessary integration expertise and technical effort, enabling any hospital or health system to create a community exchange solution at a fraction of the time, cost and effort of other solutions. As Novo agents are deployed to address tactical interoperability challenges, they form the core of an information grid that will be able to address future strategic challenges. Novo has rapidly become a market leader, currently serving more than 250 hospital communities in the United States. Learn more at or call 1-888-325-NOVO.

About Southwest Washington Medical Center

Southwest is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 360-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, SWMC provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. The region’s health care leader and steward for nearly 150 years, SWMC is also one of Clark County’s largest employers. Southwest’s 3,280 employees and 545 active medical staff members help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, focused on cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth and primary care.

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