Centra Health Selects Emergency Department Information System From Allscripts
Nonprofit Centra has two main hospitals: Lynchburg General Hospital inLynchburg, a 358-bed critical care facility that is the area's regional centerfor emergency medicine, with 88,000 annual Emergency Department visits; andVirginia Baptist Hospital, a 160-bed facility that has received Press Ganey'sprestigious Summit Award for achievement in patient satisfaction. In January2006, Southside Community Hospital in Farmville joined Centra as an affiliate.
Centra will initially implement Allscripts in the ED at Lynchburg GeneralHospital, and in the process replace its existing electronic patient trackingboard.
"At Centra, we believe technology is essential to the delivery ofexcellent patient care, and Allscripts is clearly a technology leader," saidE.W. Tibbs, Senior Vice President of Operations for Centra Health. "A basictracking board is a short-term solution to the long-term challenges facingmost emergency departments. Allscripts ED is the solution that will help usgain efficiency, improve outcomes and, we believe, ultimately contribute tothe bottom line."
Allscripts ED electronically streamlines processes for the entireEmergency Department, including tracking, triage, nurse and physiciancharting, disposition and reporting. Integrated features include "one-click"access to individual patient charts, the ability to view multiple chartssimultaneously, to track the entire patient treatment experience at a singleglance, and alerts that notify the clinician of overdue treatment times,medication conflicts and conflicting orders.
The Allscripts solution also features remote chart access for communitycaregivers and hospital staff, so they can securely access an ED patient'schart via the Web without logging into the ED solution. Additionally, itssophisticated analytics identifies workflow bottlenecks that slow caredelivery, and monitors quality outcomes to ensure better care.
"Emergency Automation makes nurses and physicians more efficient whileimproving patient care, and our ability to track quality outcomes," said PeggyPollard, R.N., Director of Clinical Informatics. "The new forms library willmake it easier for physicians and nurses to document care."
The Allscripts ED Forms Library provides pre-built clinical decisionsupport guides that enable physicians to quickly and accurately document andmanage the most common types of patient encounters. Additionally, FormBuilder enables caregivers to create new forms within the EDIS or transferexisting paper forms into the system, making it easier for physicians totransition from paper to electronic recordkeeping.
"Physicians and caregivers inside the Emergency Department not only needinstant access to the right information at the right time, they need an EDISsolution that's makes the process of managing and caring for patients safer,faster, and easier," said Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman."We're pleased that Centra Health has chosen Allscripts ED to help fulfilltheir vision of leveraging technology to provide superior patient care totheir community."
Centra will integrate Allscripts ED with its McKesson Horizon Clinicalshospital inpatient information system, enabling interoperability of allclinical and financial information between the Emergency Department and thehospital.
Centra, a nonprofit healthcare system, was founded in December 1986 withthe merger of Centra Lynchburg General Hospital and Centra Virginia BaptistHospital. In January 2006, Southside Community Hospital in Farmville joinedCentra as an affiliate. With more than 5,000 skilled health careprofessionals, Centra provides comprehensive medical care in a variety ofsettings. For more information, visit http://www.centrahealth.com.
Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) uses innovation technology to bring health tohealthcare. More than 150,000 physicians, 700 hospitals and nearly 7,000post-acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the healthof their patients and their bottom line. The company's award-winningsolutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenuecycle management, practice management, document management, medicationservices, hospital care management, emergency department information systemsand homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of AllscriptsMisysHealthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit http://www.allscripts.com.
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