EV™: Fast implementation and integration capabilities help attain success
Towering pines, colorful songbirds and the turquoise depths of Lake Tahoe draw more than a million tourists to the area each summer. As one of the busiest times of the year, summer is rarely the time to tackle a new project, but faced with an impending Meaningful Use deadline, the transition to an electronic system couldn’t wait.
The health system’s two hospitals serve six counties in two states, covering approximately 3,500 square miles. ED use fluctuates as much as fivefold between peak and “off” seasons, from perhaps 20 patient visits per 24-hour period to as many as 100.
EV™ was launched in mid-June, just as the EDs were preparing for the regular onslaught of summer boating, hiking and jet-ski injuries.
EV™ solution was implemented with:
By integrating the EDIS with two other applications, TFHS streamlined its operations. ED physicians can obtain electronically-entered patient lab results more promptly. The integration reduced redundant testing, including imaging tests. And today, physicians and nurses hospital-wide have access to results of tests ordered in the ED.
Syndi Keats, M.D., a long-time emergency physician at TFHS, lauded the improvements in documentation. She credited the automatic prompts that ensure all fields within a patient’s record are completed. A second major improvement is the potential for reducing errors because physicians’ orders entered electronically are now considerably more legible.
Meaningful Use attestation
With regard to the Meaningful Use deadline and given TFHS’s high volume of ED patients, administrators successfully used data captured by the EV™ to attest.