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Hospital Launches State of the Art Patient Tracking and Integrated Patient Data System

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 General News J E 4
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Oct. 30 Huntington BeachHospital, an affiliate of Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. (PHS), has installeda state-of-the-art patient tracking and integrated data system within theEmergency Department. Housed within the hospital's MEDITECH system, theapplication is called Emergency Department Management (EDM). The EDM canassist providers in managing their Emergency Department patients quickly andefficiently. This patient safety process takes place from the moment patientsenter the Emergency Department until their point of discharge, and stores thehistorical patient data for future visits.

The system also allows ED staff to manage patient flow from a single pointof entry, and eliminates the need for traditional hand-written "grease board"or "white board" information. All of PHS' hospitals in Orange County havetheir emergency department installed with this system. They have beenoutfitted with large and easy to view flat screen, high definition monitorsthat are mounted in a central location. These screens display just the rightamount of patient information to inform staff and clinicians of what theyrequire for the patient's treatment while keeping the patient's identity andhealth information private.

In addition, the system allows clinicians a quick and easy method forcompleting documentation, which is then incorporated into the patient'selectronic record. This is a key factor for efficiently and safely treatingreturning patients as to their previous documentation such as allergies,medication history, etc.

Finally, the EDM and MediTech ordering capabilities have allowed for aneven greater patient safety environment. Laboratory and Radiology results arereturned quickly and accurately via the EDM and MediTech systems.

"Prime Healthcare Services is committed to providing healthcare that isthe highest quality, and also the most cost-effective. The EDM module is justone more example of Prime Healthcare Services' quest to lead the industry isdelivering efficient, integrated technology that enables providers to treatpatients in the safest and most advantageous environment," said Prem Reddy,MD, FACC, FCCP, PHS' Chairman of the Board.

Huntington Beach Hospital is 131-bed acute care facility with a wide rangeof ancillary services. These services include a state-of-the-art,comprehensive Wound Care Center with two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, acomplete Behavioral Health Services program with inpatient adulthospitalization and partial hospitalization programs, digital (filmless)radiology services, and an Emergency Department that serves as the paramedicbase station for the region. A staff of more than 500 registered nurses,technicians and support staff provide patients with quality healthcare in acompassionate, and caring environment. For more information visithttp://www.hbhospital.com.

Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. is a progressive, innovative and rapidlyexpanding hospital management company in Southern California. With over 5,000employees, PHS currently owns and operates eight acute care facilities:Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville (83- beds), Chino Valley Medical Centerin Chino (126-beds), Sherman Oaks Hospital and the Grossman Burn Center inSherman Oaks (153-beds), Montclair Hospital Medical Center in Montclair(102-beds), Huntington Beach Hospital in Huntington Beach (131-beds), La PalmaIntercommunity Hospital in La Palma (141-beds), West Anaheim Medical Center inAnaheim (219-beds), and Paradise Valley Hospital in San Diego (301-beds)California. The PHS' mission is to provide comprehensive, quality healthcarein a compassionate, convenient and cost-effective manner. For moreinformation visit http://www.primehealthcare.com.

SOURCE Huntington Beach Hospital
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