March 2006

Preparation for ACIS-Cerner Phase II


With Phase I of the Advanced Clinical Information System (ACIS)-Cerner in place at Catholic Health Initiatives’ five largest market-based organizations, preparation is underway for Phase II. ACIS is Catholic Health Initiatives’ system for the computerization of patient records, clinician order entry, medication administration and other clinical tools or applications.

Technology and clinical teams from the five market-based organizations — Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, Wash.; Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa; St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.; St. Joseph HealthCare, Lexington, Ky.; and St. Vincent Health System, Little Rock, Ark. — are preparing for a major ACIS software upgrade that will provide a stronger environment for Phase II applications, which include a pharmacy module, a clinical documentation module and PowerOrders.

The pharmacy module, PharmNet, will help reduce adverse drug events, minimize transcription errors, streamline communications and reduce pharmacy costs. Nurses will use the clinical documentation module’s electronic patient charts for legible charting that will be accessible to all authorized caregivers. PowerOrders will help teams of caregivers coordinate: when an order is placed, the application automatically completes associated tasks and notifies the appropriate clinicians and departments. PharmNet is scheduled to go live in spring 2007, followed by clinical documentation and PowerOrders in fall 2007.

Phase II will also lay a foundation for the Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) application, which will provide clinicians with a comprehensive electronic view of patient medication activity.

While preparing for Phase II, two market-based organizations are also implementing add-on products from Phase I. St. Vincent Health System plans to implement PathNet, which allows laboratory personnel to track patient specimens, select and view lab orders and order patient tests. Franciscan Health System plans to activate the SurgiNet and Scheduling modules during fiscal year 2007 to streamline operating room management and scheduling functions.