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Carolinas HealthCare System Launches Electronic Medical Records at 12th Hospital

Carolinas HealthCare System continues to strengthen its connection as One system using cutting-edge technology. In April, CMC-Lincoln completed its transition to electronic medical records (EMR), making it the 12th hospital within Carolinas HealthCare System and the final facility in the System’s current primary enterprise to make the technology upgrade.

“This level of capability and function is empowering for our clinicians. Canopy provides doctors with the right information to provide the best possible care."

Dr. Brent Lambert, vice president and chief medical information officer of Carolinas HealthCare System

Internally referred to as “Canopy,” Carolinas HealthCare System’s EMR system connects clinical providers across all points of care, including physician practices, urgent care locations, emergency departments and hospitals. Using Canopy helps to reduce the risk of errors and duplicate procedures that can occur with paper records, and it provides care coordination for patients throughout the region, connecting patients from every corner to medical specialists in areas such as cancer and heart care.

“It’s very exciting to watch as Canopy spreads across the system,” said Craig Richardville, senior vice president and chief information officer of Carolinas HealthCare System. “To be this connected as a system is a great benefit for physicians, for staff, and most importantly, for patients.”

Nearly 15,000 of our clinicians use Canopy. More than seven million patient records are securely stored in the Canopy system and are available to caregivers across the system. Each day, nearly 10 million transactions are performed in Canopy – accessing patient charts, placing medication orders, ordering lab studies and other tests, adopting evidenced-based medicine standards, and documenting all patient care activities.

“This level of capability and function is empowering for our clinicians,” said Dr. Brent Lambert, vice president and chief medical information officer of Carolinas HealthCare System. “Canopy provides doctors with the right information to provide the best possible care."

Carolinas HealthCare System stands out as a national leader in healthcare Information Services, both for its use of EMR and for its development of numerous other cutting-edge initiatives. As hospitals nationwide move away from paper medical records and adopt EMR systems, Carolinas HealthCare System has pushed far ahead, ranking in the top 10 percent of hospitals and health networks nationwide for its advanced level of EMR adoption , nationally recognized by HIMSS Analytics.

And with Canopy as a foundation, the System has forged ahead with other new technologies such as the health information exchange, CareConnect Carolinas, which links patient data across healthcare systems; virtual critical care, which allows for remote monitoring and care for critically ill patients; and the soon to be released, MyCarolinas, an online portal for patients to access caregivers and manage their health information at any time, no matter where they are.

With these achievements and more coming down the pike, it’s no surprise that Carolinas HealthCare System has been nationally designated as a “Most Wired” hospital and healthcare system by Hospital & Health Networks magazine for nine straight years.

“As a system, we’re really at the forefront of using information technology in healthcare,” Richardville said. “We’re proud to lead the way.”

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