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MCH partners with OSU Wexner Medical Center on new healthcare information system
August 16, 2012
"This is an extremely important initiative for our hospital," said Fred Kolb, CEO. "Like everything we do, this is about enhancing patient care. Bringing a sophisticated information system like this to MCH will help us serve our patients better in a variety of ways."
The Integrated Healthcare Information System (IHIS) is a system that houses patients' electronic health records. It is called an "information system" as opposed to an "electronic health record" because it is more than a medical record. It is a way to follow patients through their entire continuum of care.
Whether coming in for a test, procedure, or even to discuss your bill, IHIS will integrate the entire patient system. It standardizes the way that nurses, physicians, and staff members look at patient information. It also allows for easy transfer of health information to a patient's primary care physician, specialist, or other healthcare institution in a safe and secure way.
"All members of the healthcare team will use the same system to access and enter information in the patient's clinical and financial record," said Stacie Gecse, OSU Wexner Medical Center staff member who will lead the IHIS implementation at MCH. "This helps us achieve the highest level of quality, safety, and efficiency in patient care."
While MCH is just kicking off its implementation of IHIS, they have already put a number of measures in place to prepare for the new system. For the past eight months, the hospital's information technology team has been working on installing new cables, computers, and printers to prepare for the change. They have also installed wireless internet that can used by both staff and guests at the hospital.
In the upcoming year, the IHIS implementation team composed of staff members from both OSU and MCH will work on designing, building, and testing the system. They will also be working with staff members and physicians to train them on using the new software, so when April 1 comes, everyone will be ready.
"We are fortunate to get such a wonderful system through our partnership with the OSU Wexner Medical Center," said Fred. "It is a great system, and we have a wonderful implementation team working to bring this technology to MCH."