July 2010

Employees Submit More Than 800 Ideas for EHR Name


With CHI's investment of more than $1 billion in a multi-year clinical information technology strategy comes the opportunity to identify a common name for a systemwide electronic health record (EHR). The EHR name will be used to represent all clinical applications across all care settings. Having a universal name is important because:

  • A distinct name will help CHI employees communicate with one another as the foundation is built for complete record connectivity across care settings and across the entire CHI system.
  • A consumer-friendly name will make it easier to incorporate the EHR as a valuable "partner" in caring for patients.
  • A strong name will help strengthen CHI hospitals' competitive position in the markets they serve and across the entire health system.

Currently, Cerner and Meditech are the most commonly used EHRs in CHI's inpatient settings, and CHI is preparing to introduce an ambulatory EHR in all physician practices. During the next few years, CHI anticipates implementing EHRs in all patient care settings, which will enable sharing of information across applications and online access to patient information from physician offices, emergency rooms, hospitals, pharmacies and patients' homes. Collectively, the EHRs used in all these settings will represent a universal patient record.

Employees from across CHI submitted nearly 800 possible names for a systemwide EHR during a "Name the EHR" game. The winners of daily random prize drawings and the names they submitted are:

·        Andy Whitney, The Physician Network, Lincoln, NE, "Care Connect"

·        Taressa Burgess, Mercy Franklin, Des Moines, IA, "Healthy Visions"

·        Ayana Daniels, Federal Way Orthopedics, Federal Way, WA, "PMI: Patients' Medical Information"

·        Sujay Kola, St. Vincent Health System, Little Rock, AR, "MEDREC"

·        Jim Hetherington, CHI National Office, Denver, CO, "CHI Record One"

·        Ann Louise Jones, Saint Joseph Health System, Lexington, KY, "Gabriel"

·        Carol Hornburg, St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor, WA, "KNOW-ME"

·        Sharon Dewease, St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, Little Rock, AR, "WANDA"

·        Lori Allison, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, NE, "CHIRP: Common Health Information Record for Patients"

·        John Strempek, CHI National Office, Denver, CO, "MediData"

·        Tammy Singleton, Saint Joseph - London, London, KY, "EHR On Demand"

·        Leanne Benson, Mercy Clinics Inc., Des Moines, IA, "C.H.E.R.: Catholic Health Electronic Records"

iPod Nano grand prize winner:

Mary Dianne Chesser, Flaget Memorial Hospital, Bardstown, KY, "CARE NET"

Global positioning system grand prize winner:

Patty Reid, Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, WA, "Ask EHRNI (Electronic Health Record Nationwide Information)"

In the coming months, up to four names will be tested in focus groups with patients, community members and employees in five of CHI's markets. After the focus groups, a recommendation for the name of the EHR will be submitted for approval. CHI expects to announce the final name in September.