Ohio health system selects Siemens hospital information system

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EMH Regional Healthcare System has signed a contract with Siemens Healthcare to implement the Soarian hospital information system throughout all of its facilities. 

The multi-million dollar technology project will put essential patient information at the fingertips of physicians, nurses, technicians and other personnel, as well as create efficiencies in patient care processes on all EMH campuses, according to Siemens.
Siemens said its Soarian will link together EMH’s existing computer applications to provide a complete EHR that is updated throughout a patient’s stay, which will consist of up-to-the-minute data, including lab, cardiology and radiology test results; medication administration; vital signs; documentation from all clinical disciplines involved in the patient’s care; as well as dietary and discharge information. 

The system will also provide physicians a secure web portal that will allow viewing of patient information from locations inside or outside of the hospital, the company said.

The implementation of the new clinical information system will take place in two phases, the first expected to go live in the third quarter of 2009, according to Siemens. Phase two will be implemented early in 2010, including financial applications, such as insurance and billing, as well as patient registration, scheduling and document management.

EMH, based in Elyria, Ohio, is a 438-bed, hospital system with campuses in Elyria, Amherst, and Avon, Ohio.