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7 successful inpatient EPR implementation approaches

  • Jennifer MacGregor
  • 12/23/2014

As of June 2014, St. Joseph’s Health Centre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is live on its new eCare inpatient electronic patient record (EPR)*, powered with Allscripts SunriseTM. We’re shining a spotlight here because it’s a great example of a successful implementation. Throughout the project, patient care remained top priority, which shows in a video St. Joseph’s developed: St. Joseph’s Chief Information Officer, Anne Trafford, is truly in a class by herself. She and her team employed several approaches worth sharing: 1. Let the clinicians drive The St. Joseph’s implementation team emphasizes that health IT system deployments should be clinically driven, not “just an IT project.”  Keep the EPR in perspective; it’s an important tool to help clinicians deliver better patient care at the bedside. 2. Incorporate electronic medication reconciliation St. Joseph’s is one of very few hospitals in Canada that is […]

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How versatility of Sunrise meets post-acute care needs

  • Diane Gilbert Bradley, MD
  • 10/23/2014

Leading hospitals around the world select Sunrise by AllscriptsTM for its versatility. To learn more about how the solution meets post-acute care needs, we recently sat down with Roberta Steinhauser, director of hospital applications for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital (Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A.). Here are highlights from that interview: Q. Why did you select Sunrise solutions in 2008? Madonna is unique in that under one roof we have long-term acute care, acute rehabilitation care, transitional care, and nursing home beds – making sure patients have the right type of care to achieve their rehabilitation goals. Madonna’s goal was to find an EMR [electronic medical record] system that had the versatility to meet the needs of all types of post-acute care. We knew that there were no “plug and play” systems out there for our type of organization. We saw the flexibility we […]

It’s important when healthcare organizations buy a new electronic patient record (EPR)* to truly verify that it made a difference for clinicians, the patients they serve, and the organizations themselves. Many look at the impact of Health IT acquisitions using only financial measures, while a few remain purely focused on clinical outcomes. However most recognize the best way to measure the impact of EPR implementations should include clinical measures along with financial. The best is a balance. A lot of attention has recently been directed toward quantifying the early impacts of EPR acquisitions to ensure they were not just expenses, but genuinely good investments. An example of that perspective applies to recent implementations in the United Kingdom. Our clients there use SunriseTM by Allscripts. Examples: Length of stay and prescription turnaround times One of many statistically proven clinically and financially […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of clinical IT system deployment

  • Jennifer MacGregor
  • 09/16/2014

Alberta Health Services (AHS) serves nearly four million residents of Alberta and surrounding Canadian provinces. AHS Calgary Zone uses Sunrise by Allscripts™ to improve clinical and financial results in a number of ways (read more about AHS outcomes in a new case study, which you can download for free here.) Along the way, AHS learned some valuable lessons about how to succeed with clinical IT system deployments. Here are some of the keys to success: DON’T… Let IT make decisions without clinician input Let vendors draft the strategy and tell you what it costs Under-resource content build, system design, training and support just to save money Chase unrealistic timelines Expect clinicians to automatically accommodate all new technology DO… Engage leadership in all levels of implementation decisions Keep your organizational commitment and focus Make the deployment the highest priority Align clinical […]

Leaving the hospital is good news, yet it can be difficult for patients to manage their own care at home. The task may be especially challenging for elderly patients who have complex medical issues. University of California Irvine Health (UCI) recently piloted a program to improve transitions of care for older patients. UCI’s focus on care coordination with remote home monitoring helped improve outcomes for participants. UCI shared its story at our recent annual user group event, Population Health University. “We wanted to make sure patients were getting the care that they needed,” said UCI’s Senior Project Manager of Health Reform Joan Hoppe, RD, CDE. Addressing needs of a growing elderly population UCI serves the people of Orange County, California, where the population is aging. In 2010, there were 360,000 seniors, and that number will double by 2030. One in […]