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Centegra launches new EMR

Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – Centegra Health System will launch its new Electronic Medical Record Monday to enhance and streamline care for patients in the communities it serves.

“The transition to the new EMR will improve the quality of care we provide and enhance patient safety,” said David Tomlinson, senior vice president and chief information officer. “It will increase communication throughout our interdisciplinary teams and help our associates create more efficient workflows.”

The EMR is the result of more than a year of intense preparation by hundreds of Centegra associates. Representatives of every clinical area have provided in-depth expertise to develop the EMR and ensure it is designed to optimize patient care.

“We trained subject matter experts from each patient care area and throughout Centegra who then trained their colleagues about this system,” said Judy Andronowitz, director of information technology. “They have tailored the EMR to their own specific needs to improve their processes. Our patients will greatly benefit from the tremendous efforts of our associates.”

Nurses, physicians and other highly skilled clinicians will now be able to chart at the patient bedside. Patients will benefit because their most current medical information will be in real time and always at their caregivers’ fingertips.

“The implementation of our new EMR takes the care we provide to the next level,” Andronowitz said. “It will also improve clinical workflows in the future because our caregivers will not have to input duplicative information as the patient moves from one hospital clinical setting to another.”

All affected Centegra associates have received EMR training. Patients who are at the hospital during the first weeks of the EMR will also see posters asking them to be patient as the new system is rolled out.

“We expect to have a smooth transition as we implement the new EMR, however there may be moments when associates or physicians have questions about the system,” Tomlinson said. “We ask our patients to understand that we will make every effort to provide their care in a timely and efficient way. This new hospital information system ultimately provides many benefits to our community. This is an exciting time for Centegra Health System and for patients throughout the regions we serve.”

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