Vancouver Coastal Health installs IDX Carecast

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Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) this week announced it has successfully upgraded to the IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system from IDX Systems Corporation at four of its facilities, marking the first activation of Carecast in Canada, IDX said.
    
VCH previously used Carecast's predecessor, IDX LastWord, and has moved to Carecast to support its long-term electronic health record strategy, which will include computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and electronic clinical documentation.

Clinicians at four VCH facilities -- the 358-bed University of British Columbia Hospital, the 820-bed Vancouver General Hospital, the George Pearson Centre and G.F. Rehabilitation Centre -- are now using Carecast's pharmacy decision-support tools to bolster medication safety. The system also enables clinicians to share patient information with other members of the care team and to other facilities.

The Carecast go-live also includes patient registration capabilities for both facilities, with an additional registration go-live planned for the 175-bed Richmond Hospital in 2006.

In addition, VCH uses the IDX Imagecast to manage radiology and imaging workflow at three of its facilities, and the organization is currently rolling out Carecast Patient Accounting software at five of its facilities.