Cerner Upgrade Saturday, May 6
On Saturday, May 6, 2017, The Medical Foundation (TMF) plans to perform a Cerner Millennium system production code upgrade. Please note this will be a planned downtime from 9:00 a.m. EDT to 6:00 p.m. EDT, however, TMF will make every effort to shorten this timeframe if possible.
During TMF production downtime:
• Continue sending specimens and/or transmitting electronic orders as you normally would.
• Except for specimens that can’t be held due to stability, TMF will temporarily hold received specimens for further processing until Millennium is back up. STAT orders will be treated as such.
• Interfaced orders to – and results from – Millennium will queue in TMF’s interface engine.
• SB OnLine will not be down. Orders can still be placed, but they will queue in TMF’s interface engine. Results completed prior to the downtime will be accessible. New results will queue in the interface engine.
What to expect after today:
• An update notice will be posted on www.sbmf.org a few days before Saturday, May 6.
• A final update notice will be posted on www.sbmf.org and on SB OnLine when Millennium is back up on Saturday, May 6.
Please distribute this notice within your organization as appropriate and contact us at (574) 236-7263 or at (800) 950-7263 if you have questions.
TMF Transforms Workflow and Drives Better Patient Care
Performance Issues and Growing Volume Drive Need for Change
As the primary resource for hundreds of physician offices and two major hospital systems — St. Joseph Health System (including St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN, and Plymouth Medical Center in Plymouth, IN) and Beacon Health System (including Memorial Hospital of South Bend and Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, IN) — The Medical Foundation’s reference laboratory knows the importance of quality results and quick response time.
So when the central lab needed better reliability and performance from its current influenza A/B and RSV assay — and a more efficient way to process its ever-growing volume — it decided to seek alternative solutions.
While at a conference in 2013, Kevin Maggert, MT (ASCP), Manager of Flow Cytometry and Molecular Pathology discovered Simplexa® solutions from DiaSorin Molecular. After sharing the lab’s needs and receiving a complete workflow analysis, The Medical Foundation upgraded its instrument platform with three Integrated Cyclers and switched to the Simplexa® Flu A/B and RSV Direct assay. The comprehensive assay detects and differentiates a total of 92 influenza A, influenza B and RSV strains; and the Integrated Cycler offers high sensitivity molecular testing and easy-to-interpret results — all in a small footprint, which helps the lab optimize its limited bench space.
Grand Opening in Terre Haute
Tuesday, March 7th marked the official grand opening of The Medical Foundation's patient service center in Terre Haute, Indiana. The ribbon cutting ceremony occurred at 10:30 a.m. with many people present, including Duke Bennett, Mayor of Terre Haute, and David Haynes, President of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. Drs. Joyce Simpson and Amobi Ezenekwe had the honor of cutting the ribbon.