Cambridge Health Alliance, an award-winning, academic healthcare system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north region, contracted EDCO® Health Information Solutions in June to assist in achieving its goal of a fully electronic health record environment.
After nearly three years of customer site visits, data center reviews, and competitive negotiations, CHA chose EDCO’s Solcom electronic document management system to integrate with their Meditech and EPIC electronic health record systems. Additionally, CHA will benefit from eliminating their paper file room and drastically reducing the hybrid record environment by scanning historical patient records with EDCO.
“Managing dual processes in the Health Information Management Department was never a viable option for us,” said Betty Manning, Senior Director of IT Program Management and Education at CHA, “By implementing this technology all-at-once, instead of taking a phased-in approach, HIM is better prepared to manage the paper that will remain in the system in the future.”
To manage paper documentation remaining in the chart and documents not created by CHA, CHA will employ EDCO’s day forward scanning solution powered by Solarity technology, which will allow CHA to integrate paper documents into their EHR system without the customary bar code. Implementation of EDCO’s solutions began in July. “Implementation of these solutions is part of our overall transformation aimed to provide the very best in patient care,” said Manning.
CHA is the second hospital system that is a teaching affiliate of Harvard University to partner with EDCO on their electronic initiatives.