Today’s EHR and HIT news includes a ‘go live’ piece from Medsphere where another of their customers has gone live using the open source EHR Open Vista. There is also news of an expanded customer relationship from eClinicalWorks as well as funding news from Razor Insights. [Read more…]
With the implementation of new information technology and a comprehensive electronic health record, CMH will join a small but growing percentage of hospitals nationwide that have progressed to an advanced level of technology in the interests of quality care, safety and efficiency.
Wilmington Ohio based CMH Regional Health System/Clinton Memorial Hospital is undertaking these critical new processes in collaboration with Healthcare Management Systems Inc. (HMS) of Nashville, Tenn.
With the new technology, the clinical staff will have ready access to all patient information, whether from the lab, radiology or other CMH departments, with the click of a mouse. Physicians will be able to enter patient orders electronically, using a tool called computerized physician order entry (CPOE).
“This significant upgrade to the technology we use to operate our health system is a very exciting step for CMH as we continue to take every opportunity to improve patient care,” said Dr. Michael Choo, president and chief executive officer of CMH. “HMS will be an excellent partner for us, and we look forward to working with our medical staff and employees to make this process successful for CMH, our patients and the community.” [Read more…]
Allow me to brag for a moment on our local hospital for making the U.S. News list of Most Connected Hospitals. This is a list that highlights that group of institutions, which are both digitally forward and clinically excellent. Naples Community Hospital, located right here in beautiful Naples, Florida is one of 118 hospitals to have made the U.S. News list.
According to the U.S. News article they began their evaluation process with a list of all institutions they had either ranked among the best in the nation or had identified as “high-performing” in at least one medical specialty in the 2011-12 Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.
Next, they compared that list of top hospitals to a list of institutions publicly identified as early adopters of EMR technology by HIMSS Analytics, a division of the non-profit Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Through surveys of hospital executives and, in some cases, site visits, HIMSS Analytics evaluates how far hospitals have progressed toward fully incorporating health information technology into every aspect of clinical care. A Stage 7 hospital has gone all the way. A Stage 0 hospital has yet to start.
Naples Community Hospital is listed as a Stage 6 hospital which, according to HIMSS Analytics, puts them in the top 3.5% of all US hospitals in terms of the adoption of EMR technology.
Congratulations to Naples Community Hospital for making the U.S. News List of Most Connected Hospitals.
SRS, the leading provider of productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance specialty practices today announced that Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics & Spine Specialists, P.C. (NOSS) has selected the SRS EHR for its 33-provider practice. Located in Waterbury, Connecticut, NOSS delivers comprehensive orthopaedic, neurosurgical, pain management and spine care to patients in their area.
“The SRS EHR’s ability to integrate with our current PACS and PM system and openly communicate with the systems at the two hospitals where my partners and I conduct our surgeries played an important role in our EHR decision-making process,” says William F. Flynn, M.D., NOSS. “The results of the integration are smoother workflows and clinical gains in our office and at the hospitals.”
“SRS has a compelling network of orthopaedic practices that operate with enhanced efficiency using the SRS EHR. That speaks volumes,” says David Lane, Practice Administrator, NOSS. “Being able to layer and analyze the operational data from our PM system alongside the clinical data from the SRS EHR provides our practice with enhanced revenue opportunities.”
“The OpenPath™ architecture of the SRS EHR allows our software to communicate with other technologies with ease, streamlining practice workflows and enhancing efficiency practice wide,” says Evan Steele, CEO of SRSsoft. “We’re confident NOSS will experience these benefits that distinguish SRS from other EHRs and we’re excited to have them join our growing national network of high-volume practices.”
The Canadian Broadcasting Company is reporting that the Ottawa Hospital has recently ordered 1,800 Apple iPads that will be used to replace traditional paper medical charts. This order will bring the total number of iPads being used by health-care providers in the hospital to 2,300.
According to the article hospital staff are saying the shift to using iPads to store data electronically is putting the health facility at the forefront of North American hospitals, allowing doctors to examine X-rays, make notes and prescribe treatments while taking the X-rays along with them during patient consultations.
“If I was at the bedside with you, I’d be able to talk about your results,” said Dr. Glen Geiger, who now cuts down on time and massive amounts of paperwork.
The primary uses of the iPads within the hospital will be replace handwritten patient notes which are often difficult to read and difficult to read.
McKesson announced today that OakBend Medical Center of Richmond, Texas, has successfully implemented McKesson’s Paragon® hospital information system (HIS) to capture health information electronically as patients receive care in the hospital. Additionally, OakBend deployed AcuDose-Rx® medication dispensing cabinets at its expanded campus to provide nurses with access to the medications they need, when they need them. With 100 percent adoption of the electronic health record (EHR) system by caregivers, OakBend has quickly been able to realize benefits from the system.
“We needed a more sophisticated IT system to remain competitive in the eyes of our physicians, nurses and patients,” said Joe Freudenberger, chief executive officer at OakBend Medical Center. “Our doctors now have faster, easier access to complete patient information, with no need for paper charts, and our staff of 300 nurses spends less time tracking down information and more time caring for patients.” [Read more…]
Allscripts announced today that Danbury Office of Physician Services (DOPS), a physicians group based in Danbury, CT, will expand its deployment of the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) across its network from its current base of 51 physicians to all of its 238 employed physicians.
DOPS is a large, multi-specialty physician group serving residents of Western Connecticut and Southeastern New York. It is affiliated with Danbury Hospital, a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with Yale University School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, and the University of Vermont. [Read more…]
Concord Hospital, a regional medical center, and one of the busiest acute care hospitals in the State of New Hampshire, has selected the Orion Health™ Rhapsody® Integration Engine to supplement and eventually replace their current solution, Sun Microsystems eGate. Rhapsody will serve as the hospital’s new and advanced platform to migrate, manage, and streamline message exchange for their new Health Information System (HIS).
Chris Baker, Director of Application Development at Concord Hospital, states, “We were looking for an innovative technology solution that would not only work with our short-term goal of implementing a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR), but also meet our long-term goal of serving as an application development tool to integrate various databases into our overall HIS.” [Read more…]
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is now accepting applications for the 2010 HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence. The awards program honors hospitals and health systems, independent physician practices, public health and community health organizations that have successfully achieved value from electronic health records (EHRs) to improve healthcare delivery.
“As healthcare organizations strive to implement and leverage the EHR to improve quality of care, the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence program recognizes examples of demonstrated success in the use of health IT that include deriving value, lessons learned and exemplary stories to lead the industry,” said David Collins, HIMSS director, healthcare information systems. [Read more…]
SRS, the leader in hybrid EMRs, today announced that Mountain View Hospital, an SRS client based in Idaho, is extending its use of the SRS hybrid EMR throughout its diverse range of highly dedicated physicians and staff. The hospital has grown by 40% with its recent expansion.
“We required a solution that could adapt to the full spectrum of services we provide, meet our productivity demands, and at the same time be flexible and easy to learn for our diverse group of physicians and staff,” says Peter Fabrick, Vice President of Clinical Operations. “After an initial pilot, SRSsoft spread like wildfire throughout the hospital. Immediate access to complete and accurate digital charts enhanced productivity within the hospital and raised the bar on the level of patient care.” [Read more…]