Electronic Medical Record Updates Exceed Expectations

Published On 07/30/2010

In a little more than a month, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has made incredible progress on our journey to implementation of Electronic Medical Records with the “go-live” of IView and SurgiNet Documentation at both Methodist South and Methodist University Hospitals. 

IView allows clinicians to view patient information, document patient findings, update orders and filter data from a single tab in the patient chart. It also reduces documentation time with automatic capture of bedside medical device data.

In addition, a full upgrade to Cerner's latest Enhanced View was implemented in the Emergency Departments and inpatient units at Methodist South, Methodist North, Methodist Germantown and Methodist University. All medical staff members received comprehensive online training.

“Our ‘go-live’ at South exceeded all expectations,” said Michael Ugwueke, DHA, FACHE, CEO of Methodist North and South Hospitals. “We had scheduled IT support for several weeks after and they ended up leaving earlier because our ‘go-live’ was so uneventful--which was a good thing.”

“Better information is better patient care and I’m extremely proud of how Associates at University Hospital are embracing this important tool,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, CEO of MUH. “We achieved record training numbers from our staff. Across departments, we had better than 97 percent attendance in the training session, which is an incredible feat for the largest academic hospital in the system.”

Phillamone Berry, clinical transformation specialist at MUH added, “As I've rounded through University this week, it is evident that our Associate’s commitment to training has been the key to our success.”

Electronic Medical Records implementation at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare should provide: 

  • One complete, easily accessible source of patient information
  • Increased patient safety
  • Increased patient, physician, and associate satisfaction
  • Improved efficiency and coordination
  • Support continued transformation of patient care

Teams at both South and University will continue to meet to discuss the status of the IView and SurgiNet Documentation go-live and to share lessons learned for the next step in the oneChart Journey: CPOE and eMAR, which is scheduled for implementation at Methodist South later this fall.