Buyers Guide: Emergency Department Information Systems

With the number of uninsured people growing, emergency departments have seen their usage grow exponentially and have become the largest single source of new hospital admissions. With this new reality, provider organizations are looking to emergency department information systems (EDISs) to automate and streamline workflow and provide patients with more efficient and improved quality of care. While EDIS is an emerging market, high performance continues to be dominated by best-of-breed vendors in this category, according to Jason Hess, director of business development for KLAS. Our EDIS buyers guide is based on the December 2004 KLAS Emergency Department Systems Study. KLAS will be releasing its June 2005 study on June 15. Our EDIS buyers guide is based on the December 2004 KLAS Emergency Department Systems Study. KLAS will be releasing its June 2005 study June 15, 2005.


Emergency Department Management System (EDMS)

KLAS Rank 1

Features: Easy-to-use touch screen technology; customized to hospital's ED floor plan; mission-critical information always visible (demographics, staff, allergies, past medical history, vitals and more); full disposition features with auto-learning of each provider's preferred documents; comprehensive regulatory compliance, including JCAHO, HIPAA and EMTALA; previous visit information immediately retrievable; highly intuitive nurse and physician documentation, ensuring compliance and requiring minimal training; comprehensive and customizable templates; automatic charge capture; support for all codes used by hospital; E&M coding per CMS guidelines, with indication for over/under documentation; CPT coding for procedures; maximum reimbursement with documented level code compared to diagnosis; one-touch chart choices for quick and easy input; automatic sentence builder for complete chart output; built-in risk management with required fields and reminders, ensuring complete charts; complaint-specific HPI; historical information is shared and editable, eliminating redundant data entry; user-defined required fields and decision support; point-of-service billing; fastest and complete CPOE bidirectional solution designed specifically for the ED; customizable order sets for rapid input; First Data Bank allergy and drug-drug interaction checking; real-time lab and radiology status updates and alerts; suite-wide product customization in real time with no vendor intervention and no delays; standard and ad-hoc reporting capabilities; and so much more.

Functionality: Do you or will you have the following capabilities: order entry, nurse documentation and charting, physician documentation and charting? MEDHOST's newest version of its emergency department management system includes the industry standard in patient tracking with robust reporting, order entry, nurse and physician documentation with automatic provable charge capture and fully customizable templates, a Web-based encounter viewer that facilitates remote coding, ENA-compliant staffing tools, JCAHO-mandated administration metrics for monitoring patient flow, a powerful and unique toolkit allowing real-time customizations, and more.


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