News | July 31, 2007

Iowa Health System to Connect 11 Emergency Rooms

August 1, 2007 — The Iowa Health System has selected Allscripts as its provider of an Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) to automate emergency room operations and improve access to patient information for nearly 300,000 annual patient visits in 11 of the organization's hospitals and urgent care clinics.

Iowa Health System currently has 180 physicians in 31 clinics using Allscripts as an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and is the state's first and largest integrated healthcare system, operating facilities in seven large Iowa communities and Rock Island, Illinois, and supporting a system of rural hospitals in 14 Iowa communities.

The Allscripts EDIS will replace paper charts and white-board patient tracking systems in the organization's Emergency Departments with a fully connected electronic system that shares information from multiple systems, including the Allscripts Electronic Health Record.

Physicians, nurses and other Emergency Department staff will reportedly benefit from the Allscripts solution's single-screen view of all ED activity with comprehensive patient tracking, electronic records, real-time views of all lab orders and test results and patient-specific decision support information to enhance safety. The EDIS also features remote chart access for community caregivers and hospital staff, so they can securely access an ED patient's chart via the Web without logging into the ED solution.

Additionally, its analytics identifies workflow bottlenecks that slow care delivery, and monitors quality outcomes to ensure better care.

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