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How a U.K. hospital reduced cardiac arrest rates by one-third

  • Steven Shaha, Ph.D., DBA
  • 12/21/2015

Locally programmable, adaptable Electronic Patient Records (EPRs)* are the most justifiable approach for a host of reasons. It’s the only approach that empowers true collaboration between clinicians and IT professionals. Also, the only approach that can reflect current and newly evolving challenges and concerns clinically or otherwise. As a result, these EPRs lead to real and sustained improvements in clinical outcomes, such as reducing sepsis and length of stay.  As one clinician said, “If the EPR is not programmable here, then we can’t work together for improvements, and it’s just another black box dictating generic medicine to unthinking, compliant professionals.” One of the ultimate tests of versatility is to see if an EPR works in “our” unique healthcare environment rather than as a “black box” solution from elsewhere. For example, can an EPR that meets complex U.S. compliance requirements – […]

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4 heart-warming cardiology outcomes

February is national heart month in many countries, which is a perfect time to thank cardiac care givers. Sure, candy and flowers are nice for Valentine’s Day. But we’d rather pay tribute with something nearer and dearer to many of us: better healthcare results. Check out these stories about how cardiac caregivers have used Allscripts solutions to improve results: 1. There’s hope for the brokenhearted. Alamance Regional Medical Center (Burlington, N.C., USA) established the goal of providing perfect care to its acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients. SunriseTM provides reminders and reports to help ensure high standards throughout the course of treatment. It helped improve AMI quality scores by 12.54% and the unadjusted mortality rate by 38%. 2. Long-distance relationships are easier with technology. More than 120,000 patients rely on New Mexico Heart Institute (NMHI) (Albuquerque, N.M., USA). With some offices […]