St. Mary’s to develop regional cardiac
Ont. – St. Mary’s General Hospital’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre (RCCC)
has selected Summit Healthcare, of Franklin, Mass., to develop its
Regional Cardiac Database.
The RCCC, which opened in 2001, provides a full range of adult
cardiovascular surgery services (bypass surgery, off pump bypass
surgery, beating heart surgery; valve repair and replacement; aneurysm
repair; and, repair of congenital anomalies), angioplasty procedures,
pacemaker insertions, cardiac diagnostic procedures, heart function and
pacemaker clinics, inpatient cardiology, and cardiac rehabilitation.
“We are excited to be working with Summit Healthcare,” said Ryan Graham
(pictured), manager for the Regional Cardiac Database project.
“Summit proposed a product that would enhance the continuum of care in
the cardiac program by integrating existing databases.”
The Regional Cardiac Database will integrate several databases currently
used by the RCCC, including: the Hospital Information System (HIS);
Medical Surgical Management (MSM) database; Cath Lab systems; Perfusion
and Anesthesia databases, and; other cardiac systems.
In addition to collecting and storing information the database will be
developed as a primary benchmarking tool for tracking quality indicators
and program efficiencies. It is expected to enhance workflow by
automating the coordination of services, and assisting with electronic
documentation, which will reduce clinicians’ workload while improving
data quality and integrity.
“An integrated database will help caregivers make faster and more
informed decisions,” says Don Shilton, Assistant Vice President of the
Cardiac Program at St. Mary’s. “This will improve the first-class care
that St. Mary’s cardiac program is known for.”
In addition to developing the database, Summit will also construct a
Regional Cardiac Database Portal. Reports and forms will be published on
this secured web-based portal, which can be launched from the hospital
intranet, HIS, and remotely via the Internet.
Graham explained that a phased approach to integrate the database will
be taken due to the size and complexity of the project. “The initial
phase will focus on developing the portal and integrating the HIS and
medical surgical management. Subsequent phases will include the
remaining data systems used by the RCCC and development of electronic
forms for documentation.”