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Medical University of South Carolina Establishes Interfaces to EHR for Improved Workflow

  1. 1. Case Study Medical University of South CarolinaAt a Glance Establishes Interfaces to EHROrganization for Improved WorkflowMedical University of The Medical University of South systems, ADT, radiology, practiceSouth Carolina Carolina (MUSC) has a busy management, transcription andCharleston, S.C. integrated delivery system many ancillary tools such as– 16 sites with many different software cardiac or pulmonary systems.– 650 physicians applications that generate an enormous amount of patient “The idea is that everything from– Nearly 900,000 patient visits data daily. To streamline workflow, these third-party systems must get per year MUSC established interfaces to into Practice Partner’s electronic Practice Partner® Patient Records, patient chart so that we do notSolution Spotlight its electronic health record (EHR) have to rely on paper or manual– Practice Partner® Patient Records solution from McKesson. As a entry of data,” says Smith. In this result, MUSC has achieved an all-electronic environment, it is impressive level of interoperability critical that patient informationCritical Issues between multiple applications and from all the different systems can– Establishing connectivity Practice Partner Patient Records. easily communicate with the EHR. and interoperability to the EHR More than 10 interfaces are in within a very complex place, supporting nearly 900,000 Answers IT environment patient visits per year. Building the interfaces was a– Supporting high transaction collaborative effort by MUSC, volumes through the interfaces Challenges McKesson and individual software in a mission-critical environment MUSC wanted all software vendors. Using HL7 protocols as applications generating patient the framework for the interfaces,Results data to converge into its EHR. MUSC took advantage of an “Without those interfaces our interface engine (Cloverleaf) to– Successful deployment of systems couldn’t talk to each help centralize interface efforts to more than 10 interfaces other,” explains Jim Smith, MUSC’s a single “appliance,” which can encompassing the full spectrum manager of Ambulatory Care receive inputs from various systems of clinical and administration Information Systems. However, and deliver data as single feed into systems achieving interoperability for an Practice Partner Patient Records.– Effective production support organization the size of MUSC was of high volume interface a tall order. The ambulatory group Results environment, exceeding at MUSC treats close to 900,000 MUSC’s efforts paid off. It now 600,000 annual transactions patients per year at 16 different has more than 10 interfaces to outpatient facilities. MUSC’s Practice Partner Patient Records, 650 physicians work in more than encompassing both administrative 30 specialties. All of them use and clinical functions. Annually, Practice Partner, as do 800 nursing the system manages more than staff, 500 residents and numerous 600,000 transactions into and out administrative, compliance, of Practice Partner Patient Records. pharmacy, radiology and lab staff. Systems include lab information The open architecture of Practice Partner Patient Records has allowed
  2. 2. Case Study“My vision for Practice Partner MUSC to streamline administrative – Interface to LIS transfers data functions by implementing an: from Palmetto Primary Care, awas to have it as a one-stop specialty clinic that is one ofshop. The physician accesses – Interface to the hospital’s master MUSC’s business partners patient index (MPI) and ADTPractice Partner and is able to system (Keane) — generates – Interface to radiology information financial and medical record data system allows Practice Partnerdo all the business of patient for both inpatient and outpatient Patient Records to downloadcare without having to stop activity and provides Practice textual radiology results for all Partner with detailed patient imaging protocols includingand log into other systems. By demographics X-rays, MRIs, CAT scans and PET scansand large, we have achieved – Interface to an ambulatorythat vision.” practice management system — – Interface to the AssistMed includes a registration feed that transcription service allows easy triggers the creation of a chart downloading of transcribed notes for new patients and a scheduling directly into Practice PartnerJim Smith interface that lets clinicians see Patient RecordsManager of Ambulatory Care their patient schedule from within Practice Partner – Interface to MedflowInformation Systems ophthalmology EMR allows Other interfaces manage the ophthalmologists’ progress notesMedical University seamless distribution of clinical to be incorporated into Practiceof South Carolina and laboratory information Partner Patient Records between systems: – Interface to Oacis clinical data – Interface to MUSC’s primary repository receives progress note hospital laboratory information information from Practice Partner system (LIS) passes both discreet via an outbound interface data for specific tests and text reports for pathology The project was a success. Practice and microbiology results Partner Patient Records provides MUSC with a level of application – Interface to Labdaq accepts interoperability that is crucial to the data coming from one of hospital’s workflow. “My vision for MUSC’s 16 sites Practice Partner was to have it as a one-stop shop,” says Smith. “The – Interface to Labcorp allows physician accesses Practice Partner out-of-area patients who have and is able to do all the business of had transplants or are being patient care without having to stop treated for cancer to have their and log into other systems. By and follow-up test results from their large, we have achieved that local Labcorp facility transferred vision.”McKesson Provider Technologies to MUSC5995 Windward Parkway Copyright © 2009 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Practice Partner is aAlpharetta, GA 30005 registered trademark of McKesson Information Solutions LLC. All other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks, service marks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. PRT381-05/09