News | February 14, 2008

Willis-Knighton Health System Adopts Medhost EDIS

February 15, 2008 - Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport, LA, recently standardized its emergency department (ED) operations by deploying the Medhost Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) across all four of its hospitals.

Within the first 12 months of implementing the EDIS, Willis-Knighton officials said it streamlined its processes to collectively improve patient care. Willis-Knighton’s reliance on a Meditech Hospital Information System (HIS) drove the Integrated Delivery Network’s (IDN) decision to implement Medhost because it could seamlessly interface with Meditech.

Willis-Knighton leveraged Medhost’s electronic charting to eliminate dictation, which it said resulted in a $500,000 savings after just one year. ED management has also used Medhost’s comprehensive reporting to gain a better understanding of ED operations and has justified staffing and other changes that led to lower turnaround times and higher patient satisfaction.

“Automating the ER process allows us to provide service to patients faster and better. Our goal is to provide quality care for our patients, and we believe the Medhost product is an important tool to help us achieve this goal,” said James Elrod, CEO of Willis-Knighton.

MEDHOST currently serves more than 130 facilities, including the Baylor Healthcare System in Texas, Catholic Healthcare West in California, Catholic Health System in New York, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation. The company says its technology easily integrates with many hospital information systems, including Cerner, Siemens and McKesson.

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