News Feature | February 2, 2015

New Year Brings New EHR

By Karla Paris

AMA EHR Usability Framework

Commitment to continuous improvement of patient care is the center-piece of new Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) for Alabama hospital.

Looking forward to a triumphant 2015, Clay County Hospital, located in Ashland, AL has completed its successful implementation of its EHR, Emergency Department Information System (EDIS), with the hospital’s partner, veEDIS Clinical Systems, LLC. Utilized by nurses and physicians to document patient care, veEDIS is a key ingredient in modernizing technology and patient record-keeping, as well as the authorized, confidential exchange of patient information at this facility.

veEDIS is Emergency Department software designed to streamline emergency department management. It combines real emergency department experience with advanced technology to provide software that assists in meeting quality patient care and safety goals.

From a clinical benefits perspective, Clay County Hospital will use veEDIS to deliver innovative solutions to clinical decision-makers through real-time comprehensive nurse and physician documentation. Gathering and delivering patient data quickly and accurately on a web browser, veEDIS provides a cost efficient communication flow that increases Emergency Department efficiency and enhances quality of care and patient safety.

From an executive benefits perspective, Clay County Hospital will use veEDIS to provide real-time information for monitoring and decision making to promote the clinical and financial health of the hospital.

Clay County Hospital, a general medical/surgical acute care hospital with 53 licensed beds, serves Clay County and the surrounding areas. With annual ER visits of 5400, inpatient admissions of 1300, and outpatient visits of 15,600, the hospital provides an array of inpatient, outpatient, and support services and is actively involved in a variety of community health related activities.

The Emergency Department of Clay County Hospital is a Level III – Type Service. Twenty-four hour care is provided to patients ranging from neonate, infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric age groups. There is 24-hour emergency room physician coverage provided by Acute Care Incorporated.

Linda U. Jordan, Administrator at Clay County Hospital commented that “the veEDIS system, created by ER physicians and nurses, allows our ER staff to document patient care more effectively and efficiently. Other hospitals in Alabama and across the nation have found veEDIS to be adaptable to their current methods of patient care and have benefited from using a software system that is more clinical rich than many other systems found in larger facilities.”