Tuesday, May 28, 2013
New Electronic Medical Record System Enhances Patient Safety at Elkhart General Hospital
Elkhart, Ind. - Elkhart General Hospital is preparing to implement a new electronic medical records (EMR) system, Cerner Millennium+. Elkhart General’s partnership with Cerner will further enhance patient safety through the use of the latest in EMR technology. The new system will safely, accurately and efficiently track a patient’s health history and hospital stay.
In addition to improved patient safety, the new system offers better communication, turnaround time and clinician access to the medical record any time and any place. Physicians can make more informed decisions at the patient’s bedside with Cerner’s capabilities such as checking for adverse drug effects when medications are prescribed, as well as other patient-specific information.
“At Elkhart General, we are committed to patient safety and implementing Cerner is just another example of that commitment,” said Greg Losasso, Hospital President. “This new system will give patients peace of mind that their medical records are accurate, safe and quickly accessible for clinicians to provide the highest quality of care.”
Cerner allows staff to be more engaged in patient orders and patient care – a win-win for patients, nurses and physicians.
“Transitioning from paper to electronic records is all about patient care,” said Thomas Mellin, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer. “It will enhance patient safety by improved allergy and drug interaction checking and eliminate doctor’s illegible handwriting. It will improve quality by standardizing care with evidence-based order plans for medical and surgical conditions, and it will improve efficiency by sending the doctor’s orders directly to the intended location without sitting in a queue for a unit assistant to take the information from paper and put into the computer.”
The intuitive system is set up with different modules that all work together, including PowerChart for nursing and physicians, RadNet for the radiology department and PharmNet for the pharmacy department. The EMR system also includes a hospital-wide Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE).
“Cerner is where physicians will work and play, so to speak,” said CJ Wachs, R.N., MSN, Clinical Director of Informatics. “It’s like Microsoft Office, only better, because each module within Cerner works together.”
The Cerner transition is another example of collaboration and enhanced patient safety between Beacon health System’s two hospitals – Elkhart General and Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Memorial had previously implemented Cerner, which allowed for cost savings and accelerated implementation at Elkhart General. Most importantly, with both hospitals on the same EMR system, the hospitals and medical groups will be able to share patient information across the Health System, promoting more efficient and safer care.
Elkhart General Hospital nurses and physicians, along with radiology, pharmacy, emergency, surgery, imaging and lab departments will begin working in Cerner in June.
About Elkhart General Hospital
Elkhart General Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital located in Elkhart, Indiana. The full-service, 325-bed main hospital is comprised of over 300 physicians representing more than 30 medical specialties, and nearly 2,000 employees serve in nursing, technical, administrative and support capacities. Elkhart General Hospital is a Beacon Health System Care Partner. For more information, visit www.egh.org.
Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. The company started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offers the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 10,000 facilities worldwide, including more than 2,700 hospitals; 4,150 physician practices; 45,000 physicians; 500 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, behavioral health centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 45 employer sites and 1,750 retail pharmacies. For more information, visit www.cerner.com.
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