Health center undergoes records system transplant
Sarah Bush Lincoln (SBL) is replacing its dated Meditech records system with Cerner Millennium, an integrated electronic health records system, the health center announced recently.
The new system, expected to go online on April 1, will be used in the hospital and all of its area facilities.
“Our goal is to continually raise the bar in providing quality and enhancing safety for the people who trust us with their care,” SBL President and CEO Jerry Esker said. “This sophisticated system aligns with our vision to provide innovative, preventive and quality care to all of our patients.”
The system replaces paper charts and will allow for real-time documentation, which translates into more timely decisions regarding patient health care.
“Cerner will enable medical staff to use meaningful data to predict what will happen within the community, so they can manage toward improving the care of their population,” Jim Hildebrandt, SBL vice president of Medical Affairs, said. “Enabling our medical staff and patients to engage in their health and care delivery will propel us toward our goal of driving better outcomes for our patients and provide an even deeper level of continuity of care to keep people well and out of the hospital.”
Hildebrandt said the upgrade will be particularly useful in managing the health care of specific populations, such as people with diabetes, because medical staff will be able to identify health trends through patient date analysis.
“Our mission is to meet the needs of our community by lowering costs, increasing efficiency and managing the population one person at a time,” Maggie Ratliff, SBL’s vice president of Information Systems, said. “We believe Cerner will help us achieve these goals. The year-long process to build the system for Sarah Bush Lincoln has touched nearly all employees. We are very excited about its launch and we ask our community for a little patience during our first weeks as we learn to navigate it with greater ease.”