IT does the doc­u­ment­ing

Modern Healthcare - - Information Edge -

Dr. Peter Park is a com­man­der in the U.S. Navy and deputy di­rec­tor for clin­i­cal in­for­mat­ics with the Navy’s Bu­reau of Medicine and Surgery. He leads a team that has grown to more than 250 mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary mem­bers and also serves as man­ager of a pro­ject to de­velop an emer­gency depart­ment mod­ule for the Navy’s Essen­tris in­pa­tient, clin­i­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion soft­ware sys­tem. The mod­ule, EssED, is de­ployed at the 285-bed Naval Med­i­cal Cen­ter, San Diego; 207-bed Madi­gan Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Ta­coma, Wash.; 84-bed David Grant USAF Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; and 51-bed Naval Hos­pi­tal Bre­mer­ton (Wash.) The goal is to have the soft­ware mod­ule in place at all 50 mil­i­tary hos­pi­tals with emer­gency de­part­ments.

Use of com­put­er­ized doc­u­men­ta­tion has saved the Mil­i­tary Health Sys­tem more than $2 mil­lion in re­duced dic­ta­tion costs, ac­cord­ing to mil­i­tary es­ti­mates in Park’s award nom­i­na­tion.

The pro­ject also has en­abled the mil­i­tary hos­pi­tals us­ing the sys­tem to save man­power equal to nine full-time equiv­a­lents by lever­ag­ing the tech­nol­ogy to en­hance work­flow ef­fi­cien­cies, ac­cord­ing to the nom­i­na­tion letter.

As part of the pro­ject, Park led a team that built an in­ter­face be­tween the doc­u­men­ta­tion soft­ware and the Mil­i­tary Health Sys­tem’s main in­pa­tient elec­tronic health record, the Com­pos­ite Health Care Sys­tem, or CHCS, an off­shoot of the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment’s EHR sys­tem. Both are both based on the MUMPS data­base and pro­gram­ming lan­guage. The in­ter­face was key to pop­u­lat­ing crit­i­cal pa­tient data from CHCS to the doc­u­men­ta­tion soft­ware.

Other phases of de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion in­cluded com­put­er­ized physi­cian or­der-en­try, de­vel­op­ment of after­care in­struc­tions and a pro­gram known as “the Melder,” which pop­u­lates the records of emer­gency room pa­tients with sig­nif­i­cant data from prior vis­its.

Park also is co-chair­man of the stan­dards de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion Health Level 7 and has worked to see that the Mil­i­tary Health Sys­tem em­ploys stan­dards-based ap­pli­ca­tions in its health IT pro­grams.

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