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The provider-family connection is essential in a pediatric hospital, as children may be admitted for weeks or even months at a time. And, unlike community hospitals, families often must travel extended distances from home to be with their child in the hospital. This additional travel burden on parents requires even more time and planning to support and assist their child and their child’s caregivers, making communication and coordination with the hospital even more important.
Catawba Valley Medical Center, widely recognized in the region for its medical excellence and 5-year-running Magnet Award for nursing excellence, wanted to address the lengthy time patients spent in the Emergency Department (ED) waiting to be transferred to an open bed on the hospital floor upon admission. Traditional means of communications did not provide the level of efficiency needed to bend the curve on ED-to-bed wait times.
Before partnering with DrFirst, Lafayette General Health (LGH) struggled with their medication reconciliation process. At a clinical level, they were challenged with lengthy patient medication history interviews, along with phone calls to family, pharmacies, and providers.
DrFirst successfully integrated its industry-leading MedHxSM medication history data solution into Confluence Health’s Cerner PowerChart® system: a web-based workflow platform that operates within the Cerner Millennium Electronic Medical Record (EMR). A new round of enhancements allows clinicians to import the MedHx medication history data into the Cerner platform so it becomes part of the patient record. This data is automatically mapped to Confluence’s internal drug dictionary, creating additional medication reconciliation workflow efficiencies that save staff time.
Bogardus Medical Systems, Inc. (BMSi) recognized the complexity of building an e-prescribing system for their ONCOCHART EMR system that was compliant with the CMS incentive programs based on the AARA HITECH ACT. Instead of expending the time and efforts needed to build their own system, BMSi set out to find a qualified e-prescribing partner who excelled in three main areas: ease of use for their clients, simple interface for ONCOCHART’s development staff, and a good support reputation.