Trinity Health continues hospital health IT initiative

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Trinity Health, a large Catholic health system, is preparing to launch its 12th successive hospital system activation of HealthQuest and Cerner PowerChart applications in support of clinical documentation and computerized physician order entry (CPOE).
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, a three-hospital system in South Bend, Ind., is scheduled to activate the systems in April 2008. 
CPOE is one component of a $315 million initiative known as Genesis, an integral element of Trinity’s process improvement initiative to implement an integrated registration and EHR system across its network of community hospitals across seven core states. 

Trinity is one of the first multi-state health systems to engage in an advanced, large-scale initiative to increase efficiency and improve quality of care, using computerized tools to support clinical process improvements.
The effort has yielded numerous benefits including shortened medication turnaround time, more nursing time at the bedside and reduced length of stay, according to the health system.
When all of Trinity’s facilities are live with the systems, the system will become the third-largest clinical repository of evidence-based knowledge after Kaiser Permanente and the Veterans Administration, Trinity reported.

The clinical data repository currently maintains records for more than 5.9 million patients, Trinity reported.