You can’t have a separate electronic health record (EHR) for every specialty in medicine. On the other hand, if you have a general EHR, it won’t have the “brains” to support specific workflows. Fortunately, we can customize SunriseTM EHRs with Medical Logic Modules (MLMs). 3 of my favorite MLMs MLMs are packages of computer code that are the building blocks of electronic clinical decision support. Their potential to improve patient safety is unlimited. Here are three of my favorites: 1)      Insulin dose adjustment When caring for diabetics in a critical situation, clinicians must have fine control of blood sugar levels. A nurse under pressure has to rapidly gather information, calculate dosage and document the chart. One of our clients developed an MLM algorithm using 100 data points to assist in these situations. Now the nurse simply enters the current blood […]

Does anyone enjoy “paperwork,” even when it’s electronic? I don’t, and neither did the physicians at Springhill Medical Center (Mobile, AL). Last year during a routine review of health information management (HIM) tasks, doctors asked for a simpler way to complete discharge summaries. This documentation recaps events during a patient’s hospital stay and helps coordinate care. Unfortunately, physicians avoided finalizing discharge summaries because it was a time-consuming process. Incomplete charts caused delays in coding and billing. Springhill clinical and IT teams decided to work together to find a better way.   In this video, Springhill Medical Center physicians and IT team members describe how they automated discharge summaries. The key to faster summaries is automation Springhill Medical Center looked to Allscripts Sunrise Acute CareTM to help improve the discharge summary process. The team started by reviewing hundreds of dictated reports […]