The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto, is the largest organization dedicated to improving children’s health in Canada. These clinicians provide the best in complex, specialized care for some of our country’s youngest patients. We’ve always been impressed by the compassionate team at SickKids, but perhaps never so much as when we collaborated with them to complete five successful Allscripts Sunrise™ activations in 2015. We recently spoke with Steven M. Schwartz, M.D., FRCPC, FAHA, who led the implementation of Sunrise™ Acute Care in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit (CCCU), about the effort. Describe your department and what prompted you to move to Sunrise. The Department of Critical Care Medicine at SickKids is responsible for both the Cardiac Critical Care Unit (CCCU) and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).  Between us, we have 41 beds to […]

Fraser Health Authority (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) uses multiple clinical systems to deliver patient care to more than 1.6 million patients annually. Connectivity across care settings is important, as is connecting with provincial repositories of clinical data. Fraser Health recently used Allscripts dbMotion™ Solution to achieve a milestone in its progress toward better connectivity. As of January 2016, Fraser Health clinicians can query the Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS) for patient lab test results. The first pilot group includes 650 clinicians, and the capability will eventually be available to 15,000 users over the next several months. Clinicians can access test results from other providers, which will help enable more complete clinical information at the point of care and reduce unnecessary test duplication. The change is simple for the user. From within the dbMotion document domain there is now an additional […]

Our annual user conference, Allscripts Client Experience (ACE), draws thousands of clients and industry leaders each year. We’re already gearing up for ACE 2016, August 9 – 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. It’s a large event with lots of opportunities to learn, network and share experiences with other clients. ACE may seem overwhelming to a first-time attendee. We talked with Lori Lee Bereti, RN, a clinical informatics specialist at Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) about her first experience at ACE last year. She offered some helpful tips about how to prepare, including these: Talk to people who have been there before. “I knew what to expect because my colleagues prepped me and helped me understand what parts of the event would be most valuable to me…our Allscripts Outcomes Executive was also helpful.” Go in with a plan […]

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) employs Allscripts Patient Flow™ to automate the process of turning over and assigning beds for better occupancy management and higher staff productivity. More efficient and accurate bed assignments helps reduce length of stay by an estimated 42%, saving the organization $400,000 annually. RQHR offers a full range of hospital, rehabilitation, community, public health, long-term and home care services to the more than 260,000 residents of southern Saskatchewan, Canada. It faces the same occupancy management challenge as many other healthcare organizations. Better processes with automation In October 2013, RQHR went live with Patient Flow’s bed management component for inpatient services. With processes in place, the organization uses Patient Flow to manage the work flow of bed turnover and match patient needs to available capacity. “Discharge triggers the dirty bed notice right away, that’s huge,” said Wendy […]