One electronic medical record application streamlines patient care
Barnes-Jewish Hospital provides care for patients with multiple and complex diagnoses. To achieve the best possible outcomes, patients are treated and cared for by multidisciplinary teams of specialized providers. In 2014, BJC HealthCare, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, embarked on a journey to provide a single, integrated electronic medical record solution to be used by BJC's hospitals and physicians.
"Once the new system is in place, clinicians will be able to pull up a patient's information no matter where they are across BJC," says Cherodeep Goswami, the project lead. "For example, patient A might see her BJC Medical Group physician for a routine checkup, and her doctor could see that she recently went to the emergency department at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and in the past was treated at Christian Hospital. It will help clinicians get a clearer picture of her health history."
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For the first time, the process brought together clinicians, administrators and staff from all of the hospitals, Washington University and BJC Medical Group to work toward choosing one electronic medical record. More than 500 individuals participated, with many more detailing their needs and preferences through a survey.
Benefits of one core clinical application include:
- improved visibility of patient records across the systems including results and data
- a more powerful and broad data collection to improve the population's health
- one log-in for clinicians to access the data
Geoff Cislo, MD, director of medical informatics for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, sees this as a huge step for BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine. "I'm encouraged and excited that we worked together to develop this model for future decisions. It was a very open process that combined clinical input with innovation."
Goswami adds that moving to one core system will result in greater ease of use, better accuracy and timeliness, and the increased satisfaction of patients and clinicians, as patient information will be shared more easily, quickly and safely.