One Health Record for BJC’s Patients

August 18, 2014 - Currently, clinicians and physicians across BJC must access at least five different electronic health records to obtain a complete view of a patient’s care across the multiple hospitals and physician offices. To increase ease of use, timeliness and accuracy, a multi-year initiative called “Core Clinical Solutions” was launched Feb. 27 to individuals from across BJC and Washington University School of Medicine.

The goal of selecting a new core clinical solution is to have a single electronic health record that contains all of the important elements for a single patient.

The core project team and the advisory committee, in conjunction with the IT work group and consulting partner Deloitte, have established a rigorous and comprehensive process to identify the most well-suited vendor.

“The process has been very inclusive in seeking the direct input from all of the clinicians and physicians from across the organization, including the academic and community hospitals, BJC Medical Group, and the Washington University School of Medicine community,” says John Krettek, MD, PhD, vice president for clinical improvement. “We had more than 220 participants during a validation day in June and 450 registered participants for a series of on-site demonstration days in August.”

Two days of demonstrations by Allscripts of scenarios proposed by the team took place Aug. 5 and 6. Cerner demonstrations took place Aug. 11 and 12, and Epic will take place Aug. 19 and 20.

“I feel encouraged by the broad participation and the way that the team is listening to the concerns of different constituencies,” says Peggy Gordin, St. Louis Children’s Hospital patient care services vice president and CNO. “As a pediatric hospital, we’ve been able to ensure that detailed use cases for pediatrics were included in the scenarios that the vendors will be using to demonstrate their functionality.”

See the boxes below and at right to find out more about how the vendors are being evaluated, and the timeline for choosing a vendor for BJC.