Clinical Information Systems (IS) and Electronic Medical Records
There is a good reason why Crozer-Keystone Health System has been named one of the nation’s top 100 “Most Wired” health systems every year since 2001 by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association. In fact, for well over a decade, CKHS has been on a journey toward a fully integrated electronic medical record comprising inpatient and outpatient information, quality reporting, and a clinical knowledge base that clinicians can securely access anytime … anywhere.
On the Leading Edge
Today, only an estimated 0.01 percent of hospitals in the U.S. have yet attained a fully integrated electronic record, and none until mid-2008. At CKHS, we are well on our way to attaining this level of integration, which puts us on the leading edge of the health-care information technology movement.
What Drives Our Clinical IS Strategy?
At CKHS, two major goals drive our clinical information system strategy:
- Expanding secure access to critical patient information
- Introducing technology that improves clinical outcomes
In the process, we are developing a clinical IS that is not only designed to provide information about treatment and intervention, but also to improve workflow, increase our productivity and reduce costs.
Our Clinical IS Components
As a Crozer-Keystone Health Network physician, you will have access to all of the components of our Clinical IS System:
Electronic Patient Information
Crozer-Keystone’s inpatient information system has three major components:
- e-Care The CKHS “e-Care” system comprises a provider order entry system (the Siemens INVISION® CPOE platform); study results; medication administration checking; and dictated hospital reports.
- Digital radiology records: access to all radiology images and reports in the health system through the PACS (Picture Archiving Communication System)
- CKHS digital radiology system EKGs: access to all EKGs performed in the health system through Tracemaster, which enables the physician to view, print and fax these EKGs
Ambulatory Patient Information
Crozer-Keystone’s ambulatory patient information system has three major components:
- Clinical charting: We are well on our way to full implementation of the CKHS Centricity® ambulatory electronic medical records system. The system has been rolled out to all CKHN primary care physicians as well as most specialty practices.
- e-Prescribing: allows formulary-specific electronic prescribing for ambulatory patients
- Patient portal: patient-physician message exchange and access to partial chart records (medications, allergies, problem list)
In addition, the ambulatory information system has a secure interface with all inpatient components:
- Dictated hospital reports
EBM and Quality Reporting
Our Clinical IS includes access to the CKHS Evidence-based Medicine Resources and Annual Reports on Quality, as well as our “Indicator Reports at a Glance,” which provide updates on the following key indicators:
- Acute Myocardial Infarcation
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Heart Failure
- Surgical Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
Access Anytime … Anywhere
The CKHS DocLink Physician Dashboard gives CKHN physicians secure remote access to any CKHS technology application from their computers … at any CKHS facility, in their offices, at home, and on the road.
Knowledge is Power
CKHN physicians also enjoy the benefits of direct links to a wealth of clinical knowledge, including UpToDate, LexiComp, and a virtual library that includes PubMed, Ovid and EbscoHost. It also provides CKHN clinicians with direct links to many more online resources, including medical societies and healthcare accrediting bodies.
Training and Support CKHN Physicians Need
CKHS provides Clinical IS training and a 24-hour Help Desk for CKHN physicians and their staffs.