The UNC Health Care System is a not-for-profit integrated health care system, owned by the State of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care. A distinguishing characteristic of UNC Health Care is its association with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution.
This relationship gives UNC Health Care a powerful pathway for moving the results of biomedical research from medical school laboratories to patient care settings. The enterprise is governed by a board of directors appointed by the University of North Carolina.
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
UNCH was using Main Frame and Computer Information Systems (CIS) as the basic technology for its IT operations.
Surgeons and doctors used to dictate the diagnostics (someone used to type them down later) or use transcription tools but both the processes were time consuming and turnaround time was usually 6
to 48 hrs. The amount of data grows rapidly and continuously, which required faster and much better technology to eradicate manual labor and human errors. UNCH wanted a software which could manage their forms online thereby increase efficiency, reduce turnaround time and manage all the patients data systematically.
SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES
Emergys developed and delivered the first Electronic Medical Records system implemented by UNCH.
This was a custom solution “Medidocs”
The most pressing requirements were:
– Conversion of all forms to web based documents
– Direct linkage to databases
– Multiple configurable form types
– Routing capabilities
Meeting all requirements, version 1 of this software was launched successfully in 2005, with redesigns, extensions and deployments to other departments over subsequent years.
Patient notes done in real time, reducing errors due to dictation and transcription, reducing overall operational costs, integration with 3rd party systems, decision support capability, ability to convert and deliver electronic medical forms.