Saddleback Memorial Implements Electronic Health Record (EHR) System Further Improving Patient Care and SafetyJuly 22, 2006
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (August 3, 2006) — MemorialCare Medical Centers announces the roll-out of their new electronic health record (EHR) system at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (SMMC), — a week after the Institute of Medicine released a report calling for all prescriptions to be written electronically by 2010 to improve patient safety.
The EHR enhances physicians and clinical staff’s ability to make decisions with as much information as possible at the point of care. The new state-of-the-art system enables the entire patient care team to better coordinate care through immediate access to secure patient and medical data online in real time. The ultimate goal will be to eliminate most of the paper used in patient care planning, education and documentation.
Doctors’ orders and prescriptions are now entered into a computer rather than handwritten, reducing the risk of transcription errors and other mistakes. Prescriptions are immediately checked for drug crossover interactions and allergies. Evidence-based guidelines, decision support tools and other safety checks are integrated into the EHR.
“Patients are already benefiting from enhancements in safety, clinical accuracy and patient-centered care,” says Steve Geidt, Chief Executive Officer, SMMC. “This fully integrated system will enable us to take patient care to the next level, dramatically impacting the way we deliver care for the safety and well-being of our patients.”
“This is a huge leap forward for our physicians and medical staff. We knew the learning curve would be steep, but the adoption rate of our physicians is very impressive,” said David Lagrew, MD, Chief of Staff. “In planning this implementation, we anticipated it would take at least 4 months to have 80% physician utilization. We hit 84% in the first week. We also did not anticipate how quickly the doctors would virtually stop dictating. These changes have reduced the turn-around time in getting information on the chart and the notes are more legible, both of which benefit patient care.”
SMMC is the first of five hospitals in the MemorialCare system to roll out EHR, an investment of over $50 million to implement the Epic inpatient clinical information system. Only 10% of hospitals in the nation are currently implementing EHRs.
The first non-profit, full service hospital in the Saddleback Valley, Saddleback Memorial has been working to enhance the health and well-being of south Orange County residents for more than 32 years. In addition to 24-hour emergency care, Saddleback Memorial offers complete critical care and impatient and outpatient surgical services. Other services include:
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