Ottawa Hospital to integrate EHR and
OTTAWA – EDCO has announced a
partnership to improve electronic access to patient records at The
Ottawa Hospital. The partnership includes the implementation of Solarity
technology to quickly digitize paper records along with the installation
of EDCO’s electronic health record system, Solcom.
The relationship stemmed from an RFP seeking a qualified solution to
improve access to clinical information residing on paper and to reduce
operating costs. EDCO Group, Inc. provided the proven resources to
accomplish these goals in an aggressive timeline.
The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) has an existing EMR to handle the
already-electronic patient information, but ongoing paper records create
a hybrid environment for accessing complete records. Previously, when a
clinician traveled between campuses, paper charts were signed out and
transported between clinics, departments and campuses. Improving
accessibility to patient information would have a positive impact on
clinical decision-making and departmental efficiency.
Therefore, TOH made it a key strategy to implement a solution to
capture, transmit and view paper documents electronically. Documents
scanned and indexed with Solarity will integrate into the hospital’s
existing Oacis EMR (by Emergis) and create a comprehensive point of
access for clinicians.
“Solarity allows us to accurately index charts without barcoding –
helping hospitals reach true electronic status quicker,” comments Rob
Bentley, Canadian Business Manager for EDCO. “Scanning efficiency is a
critical aspect of getting records into the EMR,” adds Bentley.
Solcom will store and route documents electronically, while working in
concert with current health information systems. Workflow technology
within Solcom will automate once-manual duties, such as chart analysis
and deficiency completion.
“We look forward to the efficiency that EDCO can bring to our health
records processes and significant impact that we will have on the
quality of patient care as clinicians access clinical information at the
point of care,” says Connie Colasante, Professional Services VP for TOH.
Installation is under way with a Phase-One completion aimed for
November, 2009. Upon implementation, medical staff will have prompt
access to patient information and the Health Records Department will be
able to eliminate paper-based retrieval.
About The Ottawa Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) is a 1,000-bed, five-campus hospital with
several remote patient care facilities and remote office buildings. The
Ottawa Hospital is a leading academic health sciences centre in Canada.
Together with its partners, TOH is nationally recognized for outstanding
patient care, education and research. Services are concentrated on three
main campuses: the Civic, General and Riverside. Visit
for more information.
About EDCO Group, Inc.
Since incorporation in 1961, EDCO has become the largest document
management services company in North America, specializing in
Healthcare. This experience puts EDCO in a unique position to understand
the structure of the hospital environment and the evolution of medical
record processes. Over the years, EDCO has optimized labor and space and
streamlined processes, resulting in reduced operating costs. EDCO has
helped hundreds of healthcare organizations improve medical records
access and safely maintain patient histories amidst fast-paced
technology changes and budget pressures. Visit
www.edcogroupinc.com for more
Posted October 8, 2009