In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act established incentives for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Such use is now required of all U.S. hospitals by the year 2015. This is a positive step toward advancing and improving patient care.
As an early adopter of EHRs in 2008, SJHS has already met the first milestones for meaningful use, improving care for our patients.
For the fifth year running (2011-2015), SJHS has been recognized as one of “America’s Most Wired” hospitals. The designation reinforces our commitment to providing the best possible care by pioneering the use of leading technologies to enhance patient care, clinical quality, and patient safety — for improved outcomes.
Electronic health records are helping us to:
Proactively assess care while it’s happening
We track every step of care for each individual, from admission through discharge. This ensures that standard protocols are being followed and medical teams are doing the right thing at the right time. As a result, potential problems are caught before the patient goes home — rather than in hindsight.
Implement evidence-based medicine
We apply evidence-based clinical protocols, agreed upon by the medical community across the county, to treat patients. These protocols are used to assess, monitor, and treat, in a standard way, common medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, joint replacement, and pneumonia to ensure patients have the best possible outcomes.
Raise the bar for the future
SJHS never settles. We’ve taken the first steps toward bringing the latest technology into patient care. But we know this journey never ends. With each new system, we’re looking to the future. We seek enhanced tools to help us provide exceptional care. And our spiritually guided principles drive us to achieve excellence at every step, on behalf of everyone we serve. The technologies we employ today will expand our horizons tomorrow
Improve patient safety and enhance staff confidence
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