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Electronic Medical Record adoption has helped hospitals provide better, safer patient care.

NORFOLK, Va. (August 2012)Sentara Healthcare has been named one of the nation's Most Wired Health Systems, according to results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. Hospitals & Health Networks polled about 1,570 hospitals for the survey, conducted in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American Hospital Association.

The survey is in its 13th year, but has evolved and been redesigned to better assess hospitals and health systems’ ability to demonstrate meaningful use with the increasing use of electronic medical record technology. Providers are named to the list based on a detailed scoring process. The survey evaluates how hospitals use information technology to address four key areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and care continuum.

In other words, Sentara’s ability to use data from Sentara eCare®, it’s electronic health system, to ensure that care is more efficient and safer for patients. Sentara has been able to document more efficient care with physician order entry statistics over 85% and reductions of two thirds in the delivery times of inpatient medications.

“There is no question that Sentara eCare®, technology has a positive impact on improving patient care,” says David Bernd, CEO of Sentara Healthcare. “We are better able to promote best practices, avoid adverse drug interactions and for the first time identify trends in real time that will help us make improvements moving forward.”

All of the hospitals in the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia regions are utilizing Sentara eCare®. HIMSS Analytics, a company that collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, named Sentara Healthcare as a recipient of its Stage 7 Award. The national recognition represents attainment of the highest level of Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). Sentara Chief Executive Officer David Bernd has also been awarded the CEO IT Award by Modern Healthcare magazine because of the vision and success of Sentara eCare®.

While dramatic, implementing the electronic medical record technology is still only step one for Sentara, adds Bert Reese, CIO for Sentara Healthcare.

“Sentara eCare® allows physicians a better ability to study the trends in healthcare and make resulting changes to the way care is delivered,” he says.“This transformation in the way we deliver care is helping Sentara ensure the highest quality and safest patient environment.”

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