In this series, we’ll explore how the Partners eCare electronic health record system will make a difference to our patients and physicians.
Community Practices and the EHR: Challenges, Benefits
“I’m sorry, but I don’t have the notes from the last doctor you saw.” How many times have you heard that? Most of us in healthcare have said it ourselves. How is it that we can advance science and save lives but we can’t get a medical note from across town? Solving the problem is difficult and expensive – especially at the practice level.
Implementing an EHR: How Hard Can it Be?
Since July, 2012, Partners HealthCare has been moving forward with the implementation of a fully integrated electronic health record to benefit the patients of each of our member institutions. The timeline for implementing what we call Partners eCare across more than a dozen hospitals and hundreds of community-based practices was five years.
The Path to and Promise of Partners eCare
In 2004, President George W. Bush used his State of the Union speech to champion a new health information technology plan and what we now commonly call electronic health records (EHRs). “By computerizing health records,” said Bush, “we can avoid dangerous medical mistakes, reduce costs, and improve care.”
Expanding Partners eCare to Three More Institutions
Teams implement and monitor newly-integrated systems at Partners eCare command center. (Photo courtesy of MGH.)At Partners HealthCare, our network of hospitals aims to work seamlessly across a continuum of care. To deliver more coordinated care, you need a more coordinated information management system.
Higher-Quality Care: One Patient, One Record
This is part of an ongoing series by our Quality, Safety & Value team highlighting Partners HealthCare’s efforts to develop and implement best practices across our network of hospitals to improve the quality of care patients receive while reducing costs. What do electronic health records have to do with the quality of health ca...
An Investment That Will Revolutionize Patient Care
Over the weekend, we continued the rollout of a new integrated electronic records management system that represents one of the most important investments in quality and safety that we have ever made. With Partners eCare, patients have a single record containing all of their clinical and billing information – and it will follow...