News | January 07, 2010

EHR Significantly Reduces Radiology Report Turnaround

January 8, 2010 – The implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) system at Twin County Regional Hospital (TCRH) of Galax, Va., has enabled the facility to reduce report turnaround times from 24 hours to minutes for radiology reports in the clinic and has significantly improved patient throughput, patient care and patient satisfaction.
When TCRH expanded its hospital information system, McKesson Paragon, it integrated plans for an inpatient and outpatient EHR include to make patient histories, physician orders, and test results immediately available anywhere a patient goes for care.

In addtion, TCRH positions itself to take full advantage of economic stimulus incentives by creating information-sharing between the hospital and its employed and several affiliated physician practices.

TCRH is a 141-bed acute-care hospital and was recently recognized as a “Most Improved” community hospital under the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking study. In addition to the EHR, the hospital’s plans include implementation of McKesson’s electronic document imaging system, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system, pharmacy information system, and medication administration bar-coding technology system.

“Over the past 18 months, we’ve provided practitioners in our hospital and clinics with more timely access to critical clinical information,” reports Jon Applebaum, president and chief executive officer, Twin County Regional Hospital. “Now the stage is set to make even larger strides in improving the quality and safety of the care we provide. We expect the additional clinical solutions to help us realize an almost 3-to-1 return on investment in information technology.”

TCRH is building on a successful deployment of the Paragon integrated clinical and financial system, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of community hospitals, and McKesson’s Practice Partner CCHIT-certified outpatient medical record. The integrated systems create a single EHR and enable the practices to electronically send orders to the hospital, with results flowing back to the physician offices. All employed physicians at six clinics use the Practice Partner system, while physicians at four affiliated practices are gearing up to install it.

“With an EHR, we can share information among our clinics and with the hospital, preventing duplicate procedures, cutting costs and increasing the continuity of care for patients,” says Chastity McGrady, manager of the TCRH Family Care Centers. “The Practice Partner system’s ability to electronically submit prescriptions to a patient’s pharmacy also significantly improves patient safety.”

For more information: www.tcrh.org and www.mckesson.com

Related Content

ScImage Awarded U.S. Government DIN-PACS IV Contract
News | PACS | August 16, 2017
ScImage Inc. was recently awarded a new DIN-PACS IV (Digital Imaging Network/Picture Archiving and Communications...
Neighbors Emergency Center Selects Novarad PACS/RIS
News | PACS | August 15, 2017
August 15, 2017 — Novarad Corp.
Fujifilm Launches Synapse PACS Version 5
Technology | PACS | August 03, 2017
August 3, 2017 – Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc.
RamSoft has teamed up with Availity to bring healthcare providers Patient Access and Patient Authorizations
News | PACS | July 31, 2017
RamSoft has teamed up with Availity to bring healthcare providers Patient Access and Patient Authorizations, two fully...
Agfa Receives FDA 510(k) for Xtend Functionalities on Xero Universal Viewer
Technology | Remote Viewing Systems | July 27, 2017
Agfa HealthCare announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Xero Xtend...
Philips Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for IntelliSpace Portal 9.0
Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 29, 2017
Philips announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market...
Envision Diagnostic Center Deploys Exa PACS Across 11 Facilities
News | Enterprise Imaging | June 28, 2017
Envision Diagnostic Center (Novi, Mich.) has implemented Exa PACS (picture archiving and communication system) from...
Fujifilm's Synapse PACS Granted Authority to Operate Under New U.S. DoD Process
News | PACS | June 26, 2017
June 26, 2017 — Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc.
News | PACS | June 23, 2017
Medidata and Median Technologies announced a new collaboration to streamline the growth and use of medical imaging in...
RamSoft Partners With Gamel to Enhance Patient Care in Peruvian Market
News | PACS | June 23, 2017
RamSoft announced a new partnership with Peru-based medical imaging equipment provider, Gamel. With RamSoft’s...
Overlay Init