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New paperless medical record system enhances patient care in Emergency Department


ORANGE CITY, FL—July 1, 2011 – Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s Emergency Department has initiated a paperless medical record system that improves patient care by expediting charting, minimizing the potential for errors, and enhancing communications among caregivers.


PowerNote ED, developed by Cerner Corp., manages physician documentation by eliminating handwritten notes and dictation.  It allows physicians to create documents directly into the hospital’s electronic medical record system using an interactive template. The electronic clinical information is available immediately to admitting physicians and primary care providers.


For instance, if a patient is admitted to the intensive care unit through the emergency department, the ICU physician can access the medical record immediately and begin planning the patient’s care, saving time and improving organization of work. Additionally, multiple caregivers can access the online patient data at the same time.


The new system also streamlines order entry and the admission and discharge processes by allowing physicians to launch orders electronically.


“PowerNote ED will help primary care and attending physicians with decision-making for their patients because the medical records are available real-time,” said Michelle Cyphers, the hospital’s clinical informatics physician liaison. “Advantages include faster retrieval of information and increased consistency and quality of clinical care documentation.”


PowerNote ED is part of iConnect, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s state-of-the-art automated clinical information system. The system allows caregivers throughout the hospital to update medical records in real time and immediately access patient history and test results at the bedside, supporting the delivery of more effective and efficient patient care at the bedside.


Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is one of fewer than 10 percent of hospitals nationwide that use a fully integrated electronic medical records system. The 16,000-square-foot Emergency Department has 31 exam rooms, serves more than 45,000 patients every year, is Cycle III chest pain accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and is a certified primary stroke center. All Emergency Department physicians are board certified, and all registered nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and trauma nursing care.