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to a new computer application, physicians will now have a better
tool at their disposal when they review and electronically sign
clinical documentation on-line. Called Electronic Clinical Documentation
(ECD), the Web-based system designed by the Information Services
Department (ISD) will replace the more archaic, character-based
Electronic Signature (ESIG) application, and enhance functionality.
In addition to the things they can currently do in ESIG,
physicians will now be able to view lab results and create documents
such as operative notes, clinic notes, and discharge summaries in
the same system where they sign them, says Daniel
Nigrin, MD, MS, chief information officer. Other new functions
- Inserting portions of previous clinical documents into the document
- Creating, managing and inserting templates.
- Electronically transmitting documents to primary care and referring
- Editing CC lists.
- Adding sticky note messages.
- Adding an addendum to an existing authenticated document.
- The new system will be rolled out on March 17, the same day
that ESIG will disappear for good. Not to worry, says Nigrin,
all existing ESIG documents will be automatically rerouted to
For information about ECD training, visit the Hot Topics section
of the intranet, where youll find:
- An online tutorial.
- A Computer-Based Training (CBT) course. Once CBT is complete,
physicians can practice
- ECD in a testing environment.
- A schedule of drop-in training classes. Once drop-in training
is complete, physicians can practice ECD in a testing environment.
For help using the application, call ext. 5-2002 starting on March
17, or complete the online Help form within the ECD application.
For more information call the Help Desk at ext 5-4357, send an e-mail
to email@example.com or visit the Hot Topics section of