Nurses’ contributions are critical to the success of our information systems.
Nursing is a major part of a patient’s care and nurses play a major part in Clinical Informatics Services. Registered nurses are part of project management, institutional process planning, electronic orders and scheduling teams. They work with nurses and other caregivers, with Information Technology Services, and directly with our software vendor (Cerner Healthcare) to install, maintain, upgrade and teach our clinical information systems.
The continued advancement of Milli (our name for Cerner Millennium software) applications will contribute significantly to the framework of the clinical information systems’ project which will offer many benefits supporting the effective delivery of patient care, capture of vital research data, and improvements in patient safety. These benefits include:
- Automated systems for order entry and documentation that will reduce many of the manual and time consuming tasks associated with the provision of care as well as expedite communication of orders and results across the organization.
- The availability of a repository of clinical information, which can be accessed based on appropriate levels of security, will ensure that all caregivers have immediate access to vital patient data regardless of the location of the paper chart.
- The automation of the medication administration process will save time, reduce medication errors, improve patient safety, and enable clinicians and pharmacists to review and monitor administered drugs and medications.
Medication administration and other clinical trial data captured as a byproduct of the care process will also be made available to support our clinical trials and research, thus reducing time consuming and error prone manual processes required today to access this information.
- Rules-based logic will automatically alert care interactions that require clinician review or intervention.
- Positive Patient Identification (PPID) was implemented in 2005. PPID uses bar code technology on lab labels and patient armbands and hand held scanner devices to make sure the correct specimen belongs to the correct patient.
These features and many more offer St. Jude the potential to significantly re-engineer the care delivery process in ways that will enhance outcomes, improve service and patient flow and support our ongoing commitment to excellence in patient care, safety and research.
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