KGH Home Health "goes
live" with electronic record
April 15, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - On April 3 the Ketchikan General Hospital
(KGH) Home Health Department implemented an electronic medical
record. This new software, called Horizon Homecare, will
enable the Home Health clinicians to do real-time charting via
laptop computers, while in patient homes or when they return
to their vehicles.
All Home Health teams throughout
PeaceHealth in the Pacific Northwest will implement Horizon Homecare,
however Ketchikan's team was the first to "go live."
Home Health's Lead Customer Service Representative/Computer Analyst;
Deborah O'Loane, Nurse Practitioner/Computer Analyst; and
Shannon Updike, RN, Home Health Manager...
The software was tested extensively last fall. Then, with a support
team from the other PeaceHealth regions on site, the KGH team
began the process of transitioning patient data from a primarily
paper system to an on-line medical record, a process taking approximately
60 days. At go-live on April 3rd, Home Health clinicians began
carrying laptops to patients' homes and entering their visit
information in the new system. Beth Doddridge, LPN, had the
privilege of making the first visit on the new system and Francine
Werst, RN, admitted the first new patient into Horizon Homecare.
This change in the work process
required much preparation and training for the Home Health staff.
Deb O'Loane, Nurse Practitioner/Computer Analyst, headed up
the clinical aspects of the software implementation, and Christina
Lukenbach, Home Health's Lead Customer Service Representative/Computer
Analyst, accepted responsibility for the technical aspects.
They attended an extensive eight-part training course held in
various PeaceHealth sites.
"I want to thank the KGH
Home Health team for their dedication to this project,"
stated Shannon Updike, RN, Home Health Manager. "The teamwork
and patience they have demonstrated throughout the process has
been remarkable and heartwarming. This type of change is challenging
and disruptive to normal work flow," she said, "but
we are confident that these efforts will be well worth it in
the long run."
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