In the second edition of Employee Meeting Q&A, Tim Broos answers a couple questions on computers and technology in our organization.
Tim Broos, VP/Chief Information Officer
Q: Information is shared in the form of printed notes tacked up all over. Sometimes staff gets the information, sometimes they don’t. What is the likelihood of all staff members having access to OutLook and receiving all memos through e-mail? I have used this in the past and it is a very effective way for staff to receive the information they need.
A: Having information sent through Outlook is a specific option that each department could evaluate. It would depend on each employee having access to Outlook in that department. Employees should feel free to bring this up in a department meeting as a means of improving the specific process as it pertains to that area. Doing this on a hospital wide basis would require each employee to have Outlook access and KSB is simply not set up for this to happen at this point.
Q: When will the hospital start working on medication scanning and computer order entry (CPOE)?
A: The hospital is nearing the end of a search for an enterprise wide system to replace our current hospital clinical EMR system. Specifically, we are looking to replace Philips ICIP (Nursing Documentation) and Mediware (Pharmacy System). Our initial goal is to put these systems in place and use 2012 for installation, interfacing, and training. In addition to features that we currently have with our systems, we look to add on Medication Reconciliation, Automated MAR/Bar Coding, Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), and Physician Documentation. The projected Go Live will be January 1, 2013. From there, we look to build on these core systems and possibly expand into the ED and physician office practices with the new enterprise wide system. Our goal is to achieve better integration amongst clinical systems and to meet government imposed initiatives for Meaningful Use of EMR systems.