June 20, 2008

KU Hospital Installs Electronic Records System in Emergency Department

By Julius A. Karash, The Kansas City Star, Mo.

Jun. 20--The University of Kansas Hospital has implemented an electronic medical records system in its emergency department.

The installation gives emergency room doctors access to information such as tests and medications patients have received at KU Hospital and at KU Med West in Shawnee.

Pamela Ramsey, an emergency physician at KU Hospital, said the electronic system would improve patient safety.

"The real advantage is, things can be put in the patient record in real time, instead of me copying down things," Ramsey said. "Sometimes I might miss things."

The emergency department installation marks the latest phase of KU Hospital's three-year implementation of a $50 million electronic medical records system from Wisconsin-based Epic Systems Corp.

The hospital already has installed the system in its inpatient rooms and recently expanded the system to KU Med West, an outpatient care facility.

KU Hospital plans to install the system in its approximately 50 KUPI physician clinics in the next year or two, said hospital spokesman Dennis McCulloch.

In addition, KU Hospital is in talks that could lead to the sharing of electronic medical information among hospitals throughout the Kansas City area.

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