Clinical Toolkit

Clinical systems boost workflow 

By Patty Enrado, Contributing Editor

As point-of-care information systems are not stand-alone solutions but components of clinical IT systems, the buyers guide

focuses on clinical IT systems’ point-of-care capabilities. Core

clinical IT system vendors are working to tie their systems with monitoring devices, according to Adam Gale, COO of KLAS. By connecting these devices to the clinical IT systems, nurses and physicians will no longer need to write down the information, thereby saving time, improving workflow and potentially reducing errors. While there are some proven sites for this capability, Gale said that the trend is catching on and moving forward at many sites. Vendors who have worked on the user-friendliness of their core systems have seen higher adoption rates. While there is only a 5 percent industry-wide adoption rate for computerized physician order entry, Gale expects CPOE adoption to continue to grow. The rankings for the category of acute care CDR, orders and charting are based on KLAS’ year-end report, released in December 2006.

 Epic Systems Corp.

EpicCare Inpatient Clinical Information System

KLAS Rank No. 1

Features: EpicCare streamlines and transforms hospital-based care while increasing efficiency and reducing medical errors. It gives the care team access to targeted patient information and intuitive features, including CPOE, medication reconciliation, workflow navigators and other workflow management capabilities, electronic MAR with barcoding and nursing documentation. Flexible, real-time decision support promotes best practices. EpicCare Inpatient shares a single database and user interface with Epic’s other applications (pharmacy, ambulatory EMR, emergency department, hospital billing, scheduling) providing seamless integration.

Does your clinical IT system minimally impact physician workflow and provide ease of use? Yes. EpicCare Inpatient’s quick response times and intuitive, task-oriented structure allow rapid movement through workflows. Features that help physicians complete work at the point of care include configurable navigators that guide admission, rounding, transfer and discharge workflows, “point-and-click” documentation forms, drill-down reports that automatically compile and display relevant data over time and a synopsis function for reviewing clinical events and correlating events and data. Monitoring-device integration makes source data available for review in EpicCare.

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