The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has taken the first step toward a shared-enterprise electronic medical record across its entire health system.
Executives at North Shore-LIJ announced that they have successfully activated integrated modules of Sunrise Clinical Manager from the Atlanta-based Eclipsys Corporation. The activation occurred on time and on-budget at Long Island Jewish Hospital, Schneider Children's Hospital and Zucker Hillside Hospital.
North Shore-LIJ is the nation's third-largest non-profit secular healthcare system, with a service area of 5.2 million people in Long Island, Queens and Staten Island. It is the largest employer on Long Island, with about 37,500 employees, 8,000 physicians and 10,000 nurses.
"We are very excited about the prospect of having an enterprise clinical information solution across our entire health system and Eclipsys has proven to be a great partner, helping us complete the first phase so successfully," said John Bosco, chief information officer at North Shore-LIJ.
Bosco said Long Island Jewish Hospital recently opened a new Emergency Department and simultaneously activated Sunrise Emergency Care software and its Triage, Tracking and Disposition modules.
The new system will provide real-time tracking of patients, their acuity levels, locations, laboratory and radiology orders and results. The software allows clinicians to prioritize care based on acuity, chief complaints and organizational protocols to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of care.
Six weeks after the activation of Sunrise Emergency Care, 5,000 clinicians at Long Island Jewish Hospital, Schneider Children's Hospital and Zucker Hillside Hospital began using Sunrise Clinical Manager to manage patient lists, clinical results (including laboratory, cardiology, radiology, operative notes and ED information) and prescriber order entry for laboratory and radiology studies.
Links to PACs and EKG images were also integrated into the software, said Michael Oppenheim, MD, chief medical information officer.
"This is a key first-step in the exciting journey towards a fully computerized medical record across our health system," he said. "We are very pleased with the results of the initial activation. Our clinicians are already actively utilizing (the software) to help access patient and clinical information faster and closer to the point of care."
R. Andrew Eckert, Eclipsys' president and chief executive officer, said having one system in use across its inpatient and ambulatory facilities will likely allow North Shore-LIJ to achieve high rates of adoption for CPOE. He said a single solution was essential for the health system to start achieving outcome improvements.
North Shore-LIJ includes 15 hospitals, three long-term care facilities, a medical research institute, four trauma centers, five home health agencies and dozens of outpatient centers. Health system facilities house more than 6,000 beds.