March 31 2011 - TMF Announces System-Wide Electronic Health Record System

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2011

Contact:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542
moorej@tmfhs.org

TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES ANNOUNCES SYSTEM-WIDE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM

Groundbreaking Changes to Improve Patient Care

TYLER, TX – Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics announced today that they have entered into a contract with Epic for their enterprise-wide Electronic Health Record (EHR) System. The multi-year project begins immediately with extensive training and system design. Implementation will be phased in beginning mid-2012.

With Epic, clinicians and patients will benefit from a seamless and integrated set of electronic applications with convenient access to information. The system is designed to facilitate and improve the overall patient care experience at every Trinity Mother Frances location.

“We are beginning a new phase of electronic integration that will revolutionize many of the ways we currently provide patient care. Implementation of the enterprise-wide EHR will be the single largest and most impactful project ever undertaken at Trinity Mother Frances,” said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, President, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.

“When completed, this significant and historic project will improve the way we communicate with one another, our patients and the public. It will transform the way we provide care, resulting in improved patient care and employee workflow. The Electronic Health Record will provide a comprehensive single-system approach, including everything from registration to clinical orders, medical records and billing, replacing many of our older systems,” said Ray Thompson, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and Chief Executive Officer of Mother Frances Hospital.

The fundamental feature that the Epic EHR brings is an integrated and unified patient-centered database. Patients will benefit by having their clinical information available to the caregivers at every point of care across the system: inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory, community, and regional locations. In addition, physicians can affiliate with Trinity Mother Frances through the use of the EHR by adopting the Epic system in their practices.

Estimates indicate that by the end of 2011, over 35% of physicians in the US will use an Epic EMR and over one-third of patients in the U.S. will have an Epic chart. This success story is a testament to the clinical acceptance of the system.

“The Epic EHR will become the portal and repository for all of the clinical work done in our hospitals and clinics. I am confident that our medical staff will embrace this challenge and use this to propel the excellent care we provide to even higher levels,” said Tom Hargrove, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer.

Epic is the industry leader in sales and customer satisfaction in health care information technology. Independent rankings place Epic at the top of the surveys in almost all categories and the record of enthusiastic clinician adoption among organizations live on Epic is phenomenal. They are a company that dedicates significant resources to understand how doctors and other clinicians do their work and then adapt the product to serve those needs.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 280 physicians and mid-level providers representing 38 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

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