Northwestern Medical Center launches electronic medical record system

first_img— end– Northwestern Medical Center, Inc,Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) successfully went live with its new fully integrated electronic medical record and enterprise-wide computer system on October 1, 2010 in conjunction with the start of the hospital’s new fiscal year.According to Kelly Barland, NMC’s Chief Information Officer, the Meditech implementation has been on an aggressive nine month implementation schedule. The project earned final approval by the State of Vermont in December of 2009. During the first few weeks of live use, people seeking care at NMC may notice that registration may take a few extra minutes as staff become accustomed to the new system. In clinical areas, nurses, technologists, and other staff will be using more computerized devices to support patient care. For instance, if you are an inpatient, you will see nurses using tablet computers on rolling carts in your room to complete documentation on your care. Also, clinical staff will use handheld devices to scan bar-coded bracelets to help confirm your identity.‘The new electronic medical record allows nurses and doctors to have all of the patient’s information at their fingertips,’ says Sandy Robinson, Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Clinical Services. ‘Allergies, past medical history and other important details are readily accessible at any time, and in all locations where the patient may be receiving care. There will be no more hunting for a patient’s chart, because everyone can access the patient’s record electronically from any location. Our ‘closed loop medication system’ assists nurses with electronic prompts to be sure that the right medication in the right dosage is being given to the right patient at the right time, by the right route. This is a very important safety feature that assists nurses when patients have many different medications for multiple medical conditions.’NMC will begin Phase II of implementation, which will implement Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) in 2011. CPOE will allow physicians to enter orders and document care directly into the EMR. Phase III will include the build and implementation of the Emergency Department system into the Meditech product in 2012.Source: NMC. 11.2.2010last_img read more