With paper-based systems, ED clinicians have to manually rifle through charts for information, try to keep tabs on several patients and their conditions, chase diagnostic reports –or worse, locate a lost chart. It’s simply not very efficient.
This explains why the utilization of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the Emergency Department have become more mainstream over the past decade. However, not all EHR systems are created equal, especially ones not specifically designed for the ED. For example, many legacy Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and enterprise-wide EHRs are woefully inadequate when used in the ED as they simply try to leverage the inpatient system already developed. The biggest complaints of these types of systems are excessive clicks, inappropriate workflow and content, a lack of clinical alerts, and system lag time –all of which creates risk management issues, hurts productivity (and revenue), and frustrates clinicians and patients alike.
For many hospitals, the answer is an Emergency Department EHR, or EDIS (Emergency Department Information System). When evaluating one for your hospital –whether you’re upgrading from a paper system, a legacy HIS, or another EDIS platform –there are several key considerations to keep in mind. We’ve uncovered the top ten for you in the following white paper.