new initiatives will improve patient management, patient accounting
and medical record management capabilities. Known as “REACH,” for
Realizing Epic at Children’s Hospital, the changes include the rollout
of new software and the upgrade of current applications from Epic
Systems Corporation. Benefits of the changes will include a shared
application for all non-clinical patient management tasks, more
efficient online tools and improved communication throughout the
hospital. The upgrades will include:
Behind-the-scenes changes to Cadence, the backbone of appointment
scheduling, have made the application compatible with a new graphical
user interface that will look more like a Web page and be easier
to navigate and use. The interface, known as “Hyperspace,” will
begin appearing on workstations in mid-September.
Health Information Management (HIM)
New HIM applications will streamline chart/medical records management
processes and make it easier to comply with new HIPAA privacy standards.
The IT team working on HIM is currently designing and building the
applications, and the system will be thoroughly tested prior to
its November debut.
Hospital Information System (HIS)
Two new applications, Prelude/ADT and Resolute, will replace the
patient access and patient accounting system Allegra. Prelude/ADT
will be used for registration, admission, discharge, and transfers,
while Resolute will handle patient billing. Representatives from
each area that will use the systems had input into their design,
and more than 75 Children’s employees developed the procedural changes
that will be made when the software rolls out.
The HIS applications are scheduled to be
ready for use beginning in March. Look for more information on each
of these upgrades in future issues of Children’s News.