CHC Go Live!

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November 3rd 13, 2013, CHC conducts its most recent Go Live!  This Go Live is a continuation and progression of the CHC hospital to implement an Electronic Health Record system.  The RPMS EHR system was adopted to be the CHC Hospital EHR.

A “phased in” approach is being used to implement this Go Live which means that hospital In-Patient units will be phased in, one at a time, starting with the Psychiatric and Pediatric units.  Eventually, all of the hospital In-Patient units will be implemented as each unit is trained.

The CHC nursing staff and physicians are being trained to electronically document patient vital signs and progress notes including problem lists, care plans  into the RPMS EHR system.  The MAR will no longer be a hand written document and will be very legible because it will be printed.  Printed material will replace handwritten documentation in most parts of the CHC hospital.

Anthony Reyes (CHCC) and Stephanie Miyasaki (UH/TASI) are coordinating and leading this effort and involves the training of the entire physician and nursing staff at the CHC hospital.  The implementation team includes the hospital Clinical Application Coordinators (CAC’s), Daisy Cabrera and Jenaida Sablan, with Cid Mostales, Joe Quitagua and Jamie Fejeran from the hospital ITS department.

Previous to this Go Live, when the RPMS EHR was initially adopted, a similar Go Live was conducted to implement the RPMS Patient Registration, Admission/Discharge/Transfer application, and the Clinical Scheduling applications.  There are more Go Live implementations on the horizon with the Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) planned for the first quarter of 2014.  The outpatient departments and clinics at CHCC and Tinian and Rota Health Centers, will also Go-Live with the EHR in the first quarter of 2014.

This technology improves healthcare and benefits everyone within the CNMI community.  This Go Live implementation also allows the CHC hospital to attest to achieving Meaningful Use (MU) by demonstrating the hospital meets MU thresholds as set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The hospital will submit reports that show they have met the percentage thresholds for the first 90 day attestation period from February-April 2014.