In 2015, Milwaukee Catholic Home will be embarking on a full conversion of its paper based medical records system to an electronic medical record platform in partnership with our new vendor, Healthmedx.
Though a significant investment of time and resources, we believe that electronic medical records will enable MCH to continue to set the highest possible standard for meeting the health care needs of older adults.
Paper based health care records have been in existence for centuries to track, record and monitor an individual’s health over time. For the last twenty years, we’ve gradually begun to see these paper records replaced by electronic records throughout the United States health system.
Two common terms used to describe the electronic record, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), are often confused with each other. It’s important to understand the differences between these two terms to reduce confusion and provide clarity when discussing electronic records.
The EMR is composed of clinical data from a single provider of health care delivery, such as a hospital or single health system. The EHR is your health record as a summary over time, bringing multiple health systems and unique patient experiences into a single repository. The EHR is still in the early stages of roll out in the United States, with challenges lying in the standardization of platforms and information exchanges that can easily transfer data.
The electronic record has three essential capabilities:
• Capturing data at the point of care, reducing errors.
• Integration of data from multiple internal and external sources, resulting in more effective integrated care.
• Most importantly, to support and inform caregiver decision making.
The new EMR will connect us with our health care partners in acute care, pharmacy services, laboratory services and government funding sources. We expect to see smoother transitions of care between the acute care hospital and our rehabilitation center through the seamless transmission of clinical data into our record. The typical delays with paper work and manual contacting of professionals will be reduced, shortening the time for laboratory results, pharmaceutical changes and physician authorizations.
With our new EMR platform, physicians directing the care of our residents will be able to access patient records, orders and treatments as they occur, 24 hours a day, with the overall goal of reducing emergency room visits or unnecessary hospitalizations. Our medical director, Dr. James Volberding, is excited at the prospect of fast, efficient and effective access to patient information, enabling him to continue to enhance the experience of those he serves at Milwaukee Catholic Home.
Our projected go-live date for our electronic medical records platform is September 1, 2015. We welcome further questions on this important undertaking and its significance for residents, family and friends of Milwaukee Catholic Home.
Join us on March 26th for our annual Wellness Fair! Whole person wellness is central to our philosophy of care and Milwaukee Catholic Home, and this event offers numerous opportunities to live healthier in body, mind and spirit.
The event is held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at The Residence at 2462 N. Prospect Avenue. We’ll be offering free health screenings, including blood pressure checks, eye exams, diabetes testing, and cholesterol pre-screenings. Lots of vendors and community health partners will be there sharing ideas and products for a healthier lifestyle. You can also take advantage of free reiki and massage therapy, as well as give-aways, raffle and door prizes.
For more information, contact Linda Cardinale at 414.220.3216.
Next month, in partnership with Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital and Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee Catholic Home will be hosting noted author and speaker Chris Lowney for a special leadership development workshop with our management team.
Lowney is best known for his highly acclaimed book, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads. In his work with us, Lowney will be exploring the Pope’s leadership style as a model for servant leaders in Catholic non-profit organizations. Lowney talks about six themes formed by the Pope’s Jesuit background and exemplified in his leadership:
We look forward to exploring these themes with Lowney on March 25th and 26th. We especially welcome the opportunity to continue to explore a meaningful partnership with CSM and Cardinal Stritch, who share our commitment to deepen Catholic identity and strengthen leadership through education.