Exceptional care is delivered every day at Carolinas HealthCare System, and one of the keys to delivering that care in the most efficient manner is technology. CHS completed significant investments during 2011 to build and implement new technology systems that ensure the right care is delivered to the right patient at the right time.
With more than 30 hospitals and more than 600 other care locations, CHS is strongly committed to robust electronic medical record (EMR) solutions. The goal is to guarantee that a patient's most recent information is quickly and securely available to all the medical providers who need it. This enables everyone on the care team to better coordinate and personalize treatments.
- Brent Lambert, MD
CHS made great progress throughout the year helping physicians to collaborate more effectively using EMR solutions, regardless of where in the system a patient might present for treatment. In addition, CHS took important steps to implement systems that allow for safer pharmaceutical orders by providing alerts regarding possible allergies, dosage errors or drug incompatibilities.
"Having medical history information that is both comprehensive and up-to-date is paramount in delivering the best possible care," said Brent Lambert, MD, chief medical information officer for Carolinas HealthCare System.
"Every patient encounter is electronically documented. For that reason, physicians at any point of contact can quickly research and gauge possible drug interactions, avoid or treat allergic reactions, or judge the possible impact of previous injuries or surgeries. Having all of this information immediately accessible not only saves time, it helps a patient's record speak for them if necessary.
"Finally, it ensures open lines of communication among patients, their families and the staff members who care for them."