November 8, 2007
Carolinas Medical Center – NorthEast Selects Emergency Department Information System From Allscripts
CHICAGO and CONCORD, N.C., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts, the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, today announced that Carolinas Medical Center -- NorthEast (CMC-NorthEast) has selected HealthMatics(R) ED Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) from Allscripts to automate emergency room operations and improve access to clinical information. CMC-NorthEast currently has 160 physicians in 40 clinics using Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061005/ALLSCRIPTSLOGO-b)A regional 457-bed, not-for-profit medical center, CMC-NorthEast has a reputation for excellence built on advanced technology, medical staff talent, quality, and compassionate care. The Allscripts EDIS will replace paper charts and an electronic patient tracking system in CMC-NorthEast's Emergency Care Center -- whose 25 physicians handle nearly 80,000 patient visits each year -- with a fully connected electronic system that shares information from multiple systems, including Allscripts Electronic Health Records.
"Information technology is critical to enhancing the quality and safety of patient care provided in Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast's Emergency Care Center," said Keith McNeice, Chief Information Officer of CMC-NorthEast. "Allscripts has been a solid partner for our Electronic Health Record initiative and was the logical choice to help us accelerate our efforts in this mission critical area of our organization. We believe the EDIS is the best way to share information between the hospital, ECC and the NorthEast Physician Network providers to deliver all the information our providers need to make sound, real-time clinical decisions at the point of care."
Physicians, nurses and other Emergency Care Center staff will benefit from the Allscripts solution's single-screen view of all ED activity with comprehensive patient tracking, electronic records, real-time views of all lab orders and test results, and patient-specific decision support information to enhance safety. The EDIS also features remote chart access for community caregivers and hospital staff, so they can securely access an ED patient's chart via the Web without logging into the ED solution. Additionally, its sophisticated analytics identifies workflow bottlenecks that slow care delivery, and monitors quality outcomes to ensure better care.
CMC-NorthEast will implement HealthMatics ED Version 6.0, the latest release of the Allscripts EDIS, which includes the new Form Builder functionality to improve the care process. Form Builder enables caregivers at CMC-NorthEast to create new forms within the EDIS or transfer existing paper forms into the system, making it easier for physicians to transition from paper to electronic record-keeping. Form Builder also lets users incorporate clinical decision support tools that guide physicians through patient encounters.
"Physicians and caregivers inside the Emergency Department need instant access to the right information at the right time," said Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman. "The very definition of emergency speaks to speed, quick access, and the ability to document and share information quickly. We're proud that Carolinas Medical Center -- NorthEast has selected Allscripts to help fulfill their mission of providing comprehensive and connected health care to their community".
CMC-NorthEast conducted a systematic analysis of EDIS vendors and selected Allscripts for its comprehensive functionality, ease of customization, and proven success at the nation's leading hospitals, where the Allscripts solution handles millions of Emergency Department visits each year. Allscripts will connect the HealthMatics EDIS system and the company's Electronic Health Records, which are used by physicians outside the hospital to document patient care, manage chronic disease and electronic prescribing. CMC-NorthEast will integrate the EDIS with its hospital inpatient information system, enabling interoperability of all clinical and financial information between the Emergency Care Center and the hospital.
"In addition to the many benefits of automating emergency operations, our vision for an integrated healthcare network includes physician access and interoperability between the Allscripts systems," said McNeice. "Our ED physicians and hospitalists, who frequently access the Electronic Health Record, will now be able to see a patient's medical problems and care plans as well as active medications without having to rely on patients for that information."
About Carolinas Medical Center -- NorthEast
Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, http://www.cmc-northeast.org/, is a regional 457-bed, not-for-profit medical center with a reputation for excellence built on advanced technology, medical staff talent, quality, and compassionate care. Four years in a row, Solucient, http://www.solucient.com/, a leading healthcare information company, named CMC-NorthEast to its 100 Top Hospitals(R) list under the "Teaching Hospitals" category. The Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital, http://www.jeffgordonchildrenshospital.org/, opened on the main medical campus for its first patients early this year, followed by the dedication of a new Batte Cancer Center in May. HealthGrades, http://www.healthgrades.com/ a leading, independent healthcare ratings company named CMC -- NorthEast "Best in North Carolina" for cardiac services resulting from a three-year quality study involving virtually all 5,000 hospitals now located in the U.S. Based in Concord, NC, CMC -- NorthEast has 4200 employees serving in more than 30 facilities located throughout the region.
CMC-NorthEast is now part of Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System, http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/ an organization with more than 33,000 employees working in both North and South Carolina that share similar values, cultures and commitments to patients. The organization now includes 21 hospitals supported through more than 200 locations and staffed by 1,100 physicians.
Allscripts is the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare. The Company's business units provide unique solutions that inform, connect and transform healthcare. Allscripts award-winning software applications include Electronic Health Records, practice management, e-prescribing, document imaging, emergency department, and care management solutions, all offered through the Company's Clinical Solutions units. Additionally, Allscripts provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians and patients through its Physicians Interactive(TM) unit, and medication fulfillment services through its Medication Services unit. To learn more, visit Allscripts on the Web at http://www.allscripts.com/.
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