Catholic Healthcare West to go system-wide with electronic medical records
February 24, 2010
• Plans to spend $1 Billion on project
• All 41 CHW hospitals in the plan
One of the largest operators of hospitals in the Central Valley says it is going to implement electronic health records system-wide – and spend $1 billion doing it.
Catholic Healthcare West says the decision comes after a successful introduction in eight of the system's 41 hospitals that exceeded national best practices for electronic health records (HER).
HER systems will be installed in advanced acute and ambulatory clinical information systems over the next seven years. The system is designed to help standardize care delivery, improve medication and patient safety, and provide physicians with more convenient access to patient information.
"If we are to bring meaningful reforms to the nation's health care system, hospitals must invest in advanced clinical information systems," says Lloyd Dean, president and chief executive officer of CHW. "This financial commitment is about preparing for a future that better integrates patient data with care delivery. Electronic health records will help ensure that we are able to provide quality, affordable health care in a compassionate setting."
The integrated system will also include new patient and safety systems, such as medication bar coding to match patients to their prescribed medications, the hospital company says.
In the Central Valley, Catholic Healthcare West operates Bakersfield Memorial Hospital; Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield; Mercy Hospital Southwest in Bakersfield; Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento; Methodist Hospital of Sacramento; Oak Valley Hospital in Oakdale; Mercy Hospital of Folsom; Mercy Medical Center in Merced; St. Joseph’s Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center in Stockton; and Woodland Healthcare in Woodland.
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