The traditional version of a patient’s medical record is a thing of the past with the installation of a $6.5 million computer system at Doctors Hospital. The new system compiles a patient’s entire medical record into an electronic format that is easily accessible by all involved in a patient’s care. It’s the same system used by other Baptist Health hospitals.
The new system makes it easier and quicker for physicians and nurses to retrieve and update information about a patient’s condition, as well as get the latest test results from the lab or imaging services. The results are posted electronically directly into a patient’s computerized records.
“I’m sure I’m speaking for my colleagues, as well as myself, when I say that our new computer system has greatly enhanced the delivery of patient care at Doctors Hospital,” said hospitalist Manuel Diaz, M.D. “Among other advantages, the new computer system offers timely, legible patient information, and it’s easily accessible from our office or home. We now have real time information at our fingertips.”
The physicians use their own computers or PDAs to quickly get results and information on their patients. Also, if a Doctors Hospital patient goes to any other Baptist Health hospital or outpatient facility, their electronic records may be easily retrieved by medical personnel, thus expediting patient care.
“By moving to a paperless electronic medical record, we can provide healthcare professionals the information they need about their patients quickly, thus improving the quality of patient care,” said Mimi Taylor, corporate vice president of information technology for Baptist Health.
As part of the implementation, all clinical and support areas of the hospital got new computers, including pharmacy, radiology, and nurses’ stations, as well as admitting, finance and patient accounts.
“Everyone at Doctors Hospital is excited about the new system,” said Doctors Hospital CEO Lincoln Mendez. “We are grateful that Baptist Health continues to invest in raising the standard of healthcare in this community. Baptist Health is definitely keeping its commitment to this hospital and to the community to invest in new technology and other needed services.”
Since last year, Doctors Hospital has upgraded clinical and non-clinical equipment in the operating room, radiology and laboratory and has hired additional nurses and other staff members. Baptist Health is expected to invest $20 million over the next five years in bringing new and enhanced services and technology.
In 2003, Doctors Hospital became a part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It also includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital in the Upper Keys, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services.