Beaufort Memorial Hospital becomes a Health Data Management “EHR Game Changer”
Congratulations to Beaufort Memorial Hospital (Beaufort, SC) for its recent feature in Health Data Management as an “EHR Game Changer.” The article focuses on Beaufort’s CIO and vice president of information systems, Ed Ricks, and the cultural changes he put in place to encourage clinician adoption of electronic systems. After an initial CPOE implementation failure, Ricks came onboard with the hospital and started listening to physicians regarding what went wrong. Lessons learned include never underestimating how difficult change can be and that technology needs to run invisibly behind the scenes. "If we focus on making the software as invisible as possible to the workflows, we'll have better luck getting the physicians to adopt the systems - if they're not using it, it's really just an I.T. experiment, and no one wins in that case," Ricks says.
Maintaining a Core Vendor Strategy with a MEDITECH MAGIC to 6.0 Migration
Randolph Hospital, in Asheboro, NC, is a 145-bed community hospital serving the population of Randolph County. The hospital has been a MEDITECH customer since 1988 using nearly the full HCIS. Within the past few years, hospital leadership developed a strategic plan to provide a higher quality of patient care and increase patient safety with additional clinical systems and embedded evidence-based information. After a market analysis, Randolph chose to take advantage of the benefits associated with MEDITECH’s latest platform by migrating from MAGIC to 6.0. The hospital completed its migration on October 1, 2010 and is working to implement MEDITECH’s Patient Care System, Bedside Medication Verification, Emergency Department Management, and Computerized Physician Order Entry applications in a phased approach.
Shore Health & Chester River: Migrate to MEDITECH's Scanning and Archiving with Forward Advantage
Shore Health and Chester River are two health systems that make up the mid-shore region of the University of Maryland Medical System. Both organizations use MEDITECH’s Client/Server 5.6.5 platform for their clinical HCIS and recently added on MEDITECH’s Scanning and Archiving (SCA) application to take advantage of the built-in integration.