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Memorial Hermann Automating Nine Emergency Departments With T SystemEVTexas' Largest Not-for-Profit Healthcare Organization Selects T SystemEV to Create a Unified Patient Record Spanning Acute and Ambulatory Settings (October 25, 2011)
HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 10/25/11 -- Memorial Hermann Healthcare System has selected T-System, Inc.'s emergency department information system (EDIS) T SystemEV® to automate physician documentation across its nine EDs in the Houston metro area. As part of a larger hospital-wide strategy to facilitate data exchange and care coordination, the largest not-for-profit health network in Texas will integrate T SystemEV's physician documentation with its electronic medical record (EMR) to create a complete longitudinal record containing the most relevant ED and inpatient data for every patient.
T SystemEV will be deployed in phases beginning in the first quarter of 2012 with the last phase expected to be complete by the end of the second quarter. Approximately 235 ED clinicians who collectively treat nearly 500,000 patients annually will use the EDIS for physician documentation.
"We selected T SystemEV for ED physician documentation for three key reasons," said Robert Murphy, M.D., chief medical informatics officer at Memorial Hermann. "One, it meets the unique workflow needs of the emergency department to maintain efficiency, making it highly favored by our front-line ED doctors. Two, the system offers unmatched clinical content, which will allow us to produce an extremely thorough patient record to meet our regulatory needs. And three, the physician documentation created with T SystemEV can be seamlessly integrated with our enterprise-wide EMR. Each of these three factors played a vital role in our decision to partner with T-System."
The Memorial Hermann community hospital EDs are staffed by TeamHealth, which has long had its ED physicians documenting patient encounters on paper T-Sheets®. Since T SystemEV's workflow and content is adapted from T-Sheets, the transition to automation will be easy as the documentation can be completed using a layout already familiar to the TeamHealth physicians. In addition, T SystemEV's minimal training requirement (as few as one or two shifts due to its intuitive design) further supports a smooth transition to an EMR.
T SystemEV is designed to be interoperable with the Memorial Hermann EMR, allowing for the real-time sharing of ED and inpatient data, thus driving care continuity for patients regardless of care setting. Specifically, Memorial Hermann's admitting clinicians, consulting clinicians, primary care providers, medical records staff, quality abstractors and billing staff are expected to benefit immediately from the shared data.
Additionally, the T SystemEV physician documentation integrates fully with the provider's new computer-assisted coding (CAC) solution, consequently improving physician documentation and record legibility that will ultimately enhance coders' productivity and improve reimbursement. CAC uses natural language processing technology that automatically assigns disease classification and medical codes to medical concepts or terms used within text documents.
Said David Pelini, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., senior vice president at TeamHealth West, "Transitioning to
T SystemEV's physician documentation will result in clear, readable text and complete, thorough charts that are user-friendly for physicians and caregivers to use and reference at any time and location across Memorial Hermann's system."
"We're honored to support Texas' largest not-for-profit healthcare provider and one of the nation's most advanced users of innovative technologies to achieve its vision of higher quality, more efficient, safer and better care," said Sunny Sanyal, T-System's chief executive officer. "T SystemEV's comprehensive physician documentation capabilities will accelerate Memorial Hermann's mission to expand the adoption of electronic medical records to the ED and throughout the enterprise."
About Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves southeast Texas and the greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann's 11 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including a level 1 trauma center, a hospital for children and a rehabilitation hospital, and eight suburban hospitals. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institute locations, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, an air ambulance, cancer, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a wellness center, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. To learn more, visit www.memorialhermann.org.
T-System, Inc. sets the industry standard for clinical, business and IT solutions for emergency medicine, with approximately 40 percent of the nation's emergency departments using T-System solutions. To meet the individual needs of hospitals, T-System offers both paper and electronic systems. These tools help clinicians provide better patient care, while improving efficiency and the bottom line. Today, more than 1,700 emergency departments rely on T-System's gold-standard content and workflow solutions. For more information, visit www.tsystem.com. Follow us on Twitter (@TSystem), or become a T-System fan on Facebook.
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