In a continuing effort to standardize and improve patient documentation and care across facilities, Mount Sinai Queens will roll out Epic, the state-of-the-art electronic medical record system, in the Pharmacy, Emergency Department, and all inpatient units on Sunday, April 7. Last summer, it launched Epic in three ambulatory sites: Mount Sinai Queens Physician Associates, Family Health Associates, and the Cancer Program.
“The Mount Sinai Queens Epic Clinical Implementation will connect the campuses in Queens and Manhattan so there is a single electronic medical record for every patient,” says Kristin Myers, Vice President, IT, Epic Clinical Transformation Group. “This will facilitate improvements in efficiency, communication, care delivery, and patient safety for our patients.”
The Mount Sinai Medical Center received the HIMSS 2012 Enterprise Davies Award, an honor given by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Mount Sinai was recognized for the implementation of its $120 million Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system that is improving quality of care and patient safety. HIMSS is the nation’s leading hospital information technology society.
To achieve this milestone, Mount Sinai demonstrated successful use of its Epic EMR through five case studies. Among those case studies was the highly acclaimed program, known as the Preventable Admission Care Team (PACT), which used the EMR as a tool to reduce 30-day readmission rates for Medicare patients by 56 percent, an important goal of the nation’s new Affordable Care Act.