Fully electronic, aids allowing real-time communication and coordination of patient care across departments, medical records are available at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. According to Rush executives, a Wis.-based Epic Systems with e Health records technology from Madison and a multi-phase transition from paper documents to full clinical documentation, took two years and was completed in March.
This EHR management system is the major component of the medical center’s 10-year transformation project, that begun in 2006, which includes new facilities, renovations and technology and is designed to improve clinical outcomes and the patient and family experience. Rush’s new EHR system also enables Rush to improve further upon patient outcomes. The system has support features for clinical decisions such as pop-up screens with alerts, reminders and checks for healthcare providers when they log into a patient record. For instance, patient’s allergy to a drug that has been recently prescribed is shown as a medication alert signal, based on patients history. Other electronic reminders prompt caregivers about recommended evidence-based clinical guidelines, such as diagnostic tests and medications to consider for patients with congestive heart failure.