One System

Access and Coordination: National Leadership in Information Technology

more than 10 million transactions dailyIn addition to being a pioneer in transforming the delivery of cancer care, Carolinas HealthCare System has been an early adopter and leader in health information technology. Accordingly, the year 2012 yielded more connectivity through technology than ever before.

Canopy Palm ScannerNearly 15,000 clinicians in hospitals and physician practices now use Canopy, the electronic medical record (EMR) system. More than 7 million patient records are securely stored in the Canopy system, and each day nearly 10 million transactions are performed.These transactions include accessing patient charts; placing medication, laboratory and other orders; adopting evidence-based medicine standards; and documenting all patient care activities.

Patient benefits include the following:

  • Providing a secure, single EMR to clinicians, with immediate access across all points of care, including physician practices, urgent care locations, emergency departments and hospitals.
  • Increasing safety via real-time clinical decision support to clinicians at the point of care.
  • Improving quality and outcomes by facilitating integrated systems of care; coordinating advanced care plans for patients; and providing a system-wide health information exchange called CareConnect Carolinas.

Canopy hospitals achieved an important national certification in 2012 called "Health Information Management Systems Society Level 6 EMR Adoption." This represents a standing in the top 10 percent of all U.S. hospitals and health systems. In addition, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine included the System in their "Most Wired" list for the ninth consecutive year.