Wired for Patient Care
SSM Health Care is undertaking a $330 million transformation – from paper medical records to an electronic health record (EHR). The new EHR allows caregivers instant and secure access to patient information at any time, from anywhere.
SSM is among the top 9 percent of U.S. hospital systems for EHR adoption. In May 2013, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis and St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis., were recognized among the top 1.9 percent of hospitals nationwide in reaching the highest level of electronic health record implementation. HIMSS Analytics, a division of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), recognized Cardinal Glennon and St. Mary’s with its Stage 7 Award. Stage 7 represents the highest level of electronic health record progress at hospitals and health systems around the world. Further, hospitals that achieve Stage 7 are able to share patient information with other health-care providers, which can ultimately improve patient care and safety.
Patients can expect safer, faster care and more convenience in our hospitals in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, St. Louis and Maryville, Mo. Find out how EHR benefits patients and caregivers. Learn more about the patient-friendly MyChart. Read about St. Francis Hospital & Health Services, the latest SSM hospital to launch the EHR on March 31, 2012.
SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., was the first SSM hospital to go live with EHR in March 2008.
"The long-term benefits of the electronic health record will be recognized at every level of SSM Health Care and, most importantly, by every patient who visits one of our hospitals," said Tom Langston, SSM Health Care chief information officer, of "Project Beacon." (Click here to learn more about SSM Integrated Health Technologies.)
More than 100 full-time staff have been dedicated to the project and more than 1,000 clinicians have been involved in the design. When the clinical portion of the project wraps up in 2012, EHR will be available on more than 13,000 computers at SSM facilities in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma. Physicians will also be able to access the system through a secure, web portal from any Internet-capable computer.
EHR Fast Facts:
- Doctors and nurses will have instant computer access to patient information no matter the caregiver’s location, eliminating reliance on paper records and saving precious time.
- The EHR will be secure, meaning only medical personnel involved in treatment can access the information.
- The EHR will automatically cross-check medications against other prescribed drugs, diagnoses and lab results, and suggest possible changes in treatment.
- The EHR will offer enormous savings in the use and cost of paper.