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Cerner Corp. announced successful client deployments of the Ambulatory EMR Project supported by Canada Health Infoway to improve quality and accessibility of clinical documentation across the inpatient and outpatient venues of care while reducing costs of transcription and document scanning.

Cerner worked with three Ontario hospitals – Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS), Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) and North York General Hospital (NYGH) – to extend the Cerner Hospital Information System (HIS) to select Ambulatory (outpatient) Clinics.

The key business driver for the Ambulatory EMR Project is to improve quality and accessibility of clinical documentation across the inpatient and outpatient venues of care while reducing costs of transcription and document scanning. Cerner Millennium® PowerChart Ambulatory™ was implemented in the Endoscopy clinic at NYGH, an Endocrinology clinic at TEGH and a Cystoscopy clinic at GBHS, establishing standardized clinical documentation templates for the targeted Ambulatory areas and allowing the three hospitals to share these clinical tools. Following this initial phase of the project, the content developed will be shared with the other hospitals, which will implement the solution across additional clinics in all three hospitals.

The concept of having a common Hospital Information System (HIS) vendor – Cerner – participate in this type of project at this level is the first for Ontario. The project leverages collective experience from the three participating hospitals, building on the established Cerner Millennium platform.

The project is expected to derive the following benefits:

  • Improved coordination of patient identification across locations;
  • Real-time access to cross-disciplinary patient results and information, supporting timely clinical decision making, health planning and        promoting optimum outcomes for patients, providers, and plans;
  • Simultaneous access to patient charts from any location at any time, eliminating chart pulls and decreasing workflow bottlenecks that may occur with a paper chart;
  • True outcomes monitoring through guideline-driven, problem-focused care documentation that creates codified progress notes available for ad hoc or expert system analysis, improving the quality of care; and
  • Time saved by enabling documentation created as a by-product of the office workflow, reducing the need for transcription and review of progress notes.

“This integration between inpatient and outpatient systems will provide a seamless experience for patients and clinicians, particularly with the large volume of Ontario residents who use outpatient hospital care,” said, Jim Shave, president, Cerner Canada.