Butler Health System has selected Allscripts to provide an emergency department information system for Butler Memorial Hospital and an electronic health record for its physician practices.
Butler Health System (BHS) is a regional network of healthcare delivery services centered on Butler Hospital, a 234-bed acute care facility located about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
By connecting Butler Hospital’s emergency department with physicians on staff at BHS – beginning with the purchase of 60 licenses for the Allscripts electronic health record (EHR) – the agreement marks a major step in the health system’s community-wide initiative to electronically link hospital services, physicians and patients.
The Allscripts emergency department information system (EDIS) electronically streamlines processes for the entire emergency department, including tracking, triage, nurse and physician charting, disposition and reporting. Connectivity to the EHR means that emergency department physicians will have immediate access to many patients’ medical histories and medication lists – information that has historically been provided by patients.
The system also will exchange information with BHS’s existing Meditech inpatient information system for a seamless handoff of clinical information when patients are admitted to the hospital from the emergency department.
Thanks to Allscripts, our physicians in the emergency department and in practices outside the hospital will have instant access to the same patient information, which means patients will receive higher-quality, safer care, said BHS president and CEO Ken DeFurio. This goes a long way towards fulfilling our promise of a new healthcare system that will include a new inpatient tower, multiple outpatient delivery sites and an information system that will tie it all together with physicians and their offices.