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The Indianapolis Star reports that a number of area hospitals are investing in applications to help improve patient flow.

St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis last month
began testing a new software system that acts as a sort of
patient-traffic control system for the 740-bed hospital.

The
hospital on West 86th Street spent almost $1 million to implement
NaviCare software, which is made by Batesville-based Hill-Rom.
Wishard
Memorial Hospital is using a software tool called WizErD, developed by
the nearby Regenstrief Institute, that helps doctors and nurses track
and update the status of patients entering the hospital's bustling
emergency department.

"It's a huge deal,"
said Dr. J.T. Finnell, a Wishard emergency medicine physician and
Regenstrief researcher who helped create WizErD. "If you don't know
where the patient is, you can spend a lot of time walking around
finding where the patient went to."

Clarian
Health, the city's largest hospital system, is using software called
TeleTracking to monitor the status of beds -- which ones are vacant or
being cleaned, for example -- at Methodist Hospital, Indiana University
Hospital and Clarian North. Clarian spokesman Jon Mills said the system
is being installed at Riley Hospital for Children this year.

Mills
said Clarian also uses software for patient tracking in the emergency
department and operating rooms at its Central Indiana hospitals.

There you go - Navicare, a "roll your own" system, and TeleTracking in one metro area. Someone should purchase StatCom, Premise (who snagged $6.3 million in Series B financing last April), and Radianse, making Indianapolis the perfect site visit destination.

Pictured right is the Navicare data entry pad, shot at HIMSS 2007.

[Hat tip: iHealthBeat]