Saturday, March 27, 2010

The path to EHR

I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to all employees who worked during the snowstorm on February 25 and 26. Many of you worked double shifts and had to sleep overnight in the hospitals. This exemplifies organizational teamwork and I commend you for the overall care you provided to our patients. Thank you for your excellent work under challenging circumstances. It is greatly appreciated.

As previously announced last month, our Board of Directors approved the purchase of an EHR system. We will begin the implementation process next month.

Implementation of an EHR system will provide Orange Regional with a single, fully-integrated health information technology system that establishes and maintains a single, complete and current patient medical record within the system. In the past few weeks, approximately 35 EHR project management employees from Orange Regional have received specialized training in Madison, Wisconsin at Epic Systems Corporation: the company we are working with to implement the system. This training will continue over the course of the year and we will continue to work closely with Epic to train all appropriate staff. We anticipate hospital-wide “Go Live” in March, 2011.