Information Technology

Integrated electronic health record enables better care for patients

For the first time in as long as he can remember, emergency medicine physician Timothy Shiuh, M.D., FACEP, didn’t have to play the part of a hunter-gatherer trying to track down a succinct medical history on an elderly patient who presented with chest pain during a recent shift in the Emergency Department (ED). Thanks to the rollout deployed in the Heart and Vascular practices of the ambulatory component of the integrated PowerChart electronic health record, all of the information Dr. Shiuh needed — office notes by the patient’s cardiologist, diagnostic results and the phone communication records among the cardiologist, the office nurse and the patient — was readily available to him in a click, at the patient’s bedside in the ED. Read more