March 2006

Migration Continues

Throughout 2006, the migration of market-based organizations’ clinical applications to Meditech software, patient financial services functions to the central business offices and information technology support functions to the National Information Technology Center (NITC) will continue. The migration, which involves all market-based organizations except those supported by McKesson/Cerner applications, began in 2005 and is scheduled to be complete by 2008.

Mercy Medical Center, Nampa, Idaho, and Saint Elizabeth Health Systems, Lincoln, Neb., now use the Meditech emergency department management module, which tracks patient progress through emergency services. Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville, Ky., is slated to implement the module in April.

Flaget Memorial Hospital, Bardstown, Ky., will begin using Meditech’s laboratory module in April. The module will help lab staff and caregivers order, support and manage patient lab work and results.

Meditech’s operating room management module schedules surgeries, manages physician preferences for surgical tools, tracks operating room inventory and creates billing records. Initial planning for implementation began at Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario, Ore., in January. Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare is also in the initial planning stage for implementation.

Three market-based organizations — Mercy Medical Center, Durango, Colo.; LakeWood Health Center, Baudette, Minn.; and St. Catherine’s Hospital, Garden City, Kan. — migrated their patient financial services to the central business offices and information technology functions to the NITC as of March 1.