Clinical Focus on Quality
For the past four years, Intermountain Healthcare has partnered with GE Healthcare to build the Enterprise Clinical Information System (ECIS), a new and transformational computer system that will eventually replace current computerized clinical information systems at Intermountain. ECIS is being designed by clinicians — and for clinicians — with an eye toward increasing their ability to provide effective, efficient, and safe patient care.
Here are a few examples:
- Data immediately available. To provide the highest quality care, clinicians must be able to access appropriate information at the right time and place: physician/clinician notes of past and current care, laboratory test and x-ray results, medications prescribed and administered, and other clinicians' observations. ECIS will allow access to all clinical data available on a patient, not only for the current visit but also for past care — whether in the hospital, clinic, doctor's office, or elsewhere in the system.
- Clinical alerts and decision-making. ECIS will provide important alerts, reminders, and treatment considerations based on past and present patient information, as well as best-practice guidelines and recommendations.
- Access to current best-practice. Intermountain experts have developed many procedures, protocols, care process models, and other best-practice guidelines for clinician use. We have shown that, when used, these tools help clinicians provide safer, more proven, more consistently high quality care. Through ECIS, clinicians will be able to access the most current approved protocols available.
- Prioritizing care. One ECIS application that is currently being tested is the multi-patient view (MPV). The MPV is similar to patient tracking boards currently in our emergency departments, except that the MPV tracks patient information throughout the broader hospital or clinic. Eventually, it will allow the clinician immediate access to x-ray and laboratory results, the patient's condition (current as well as trends), and much more. With this information, a physician can assess and prioritize a patient's care needs, which results in increased safety, satisfaction, and efficiency.
- Legible orders and documentation. Via ECIS, computerized clinician orders will be standardized, easily readable, and efficiently delivered to the patient.