Patient Safety Initiatives
To continue making hospital visits as safe and efficient as possible, Southwest
General embarked on a leading-edge technology journey more than five years
ago. A predominant part of our new technology at the hospital has been
the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) initiative and its component parts.
The EMR system, implemented in 2009, creates a computerized record of
all patient care information—from physician orders to medication
dispensed to surgeries performed.
Southwest General’s commitment to advanced technology that enhances
patient safety recently placed the hospital among the top in the nation
for EMR adoption, with a goal of improving patient quality, safety and
continuity of care.
Over the past few years, Southwest General has introduced many state-of-the-art
technologies that help support our commitment to patient safety. These include:
Smart Intravenous (IV) Pumps: Computer software in the pumps regulates proper dosages of medication,
while improving safety of administration of IV drug therapy.
Barcode Medication Administration: Ensures the right patient receives the right medication at the right time.
Medication Dispensing Stations: Ensures accurate medication dispensing through alerts to the nurse, which
provide an added safety precaution for high-risk medications.
Computerized Physician Order Entry: Provides physicians the means to electronically enter instructions for
treatment of patients—ultimately, decreasing delays in order completion
and reducing human errors related to handwriting or transcription.
Online Physician Documentation: Doctors can now document information about your care online, which allows
other clinicians to access vital patient information from any location
Physician Documentation with Voice Recognition: Allows physicians to dictate right into the system, with information being
instantly available to all clinicians.
Enterprise Scheduling: Centralizes scheduling for all areas of the hospital.
Document Imaging: Allows clinicians to scan documents into the patient’s record, such
as your Advance Directives or Driver’s license.
Interdisciplinary Care Plans: An online tool that allows all caregivers to document the patient’s
care plan based on each patient's needs. This includes all areas,
such as nursing, therapy and pharmacy, to name a few.
Quality Measure Dashboards: Clinicians and the quality department have screens displaying whether
or not patients have received key treatments important to improving the
outcome of their care.
Electronic Prescribing: Allows clinicians the ability to send accurate and understandable prescriptions
electronically from the health care provider to the patient’s pharmacy.
Electronic Medication Reconciliation: Pulls in home medication information from community pharmacies for physician
review so that an accurate, up-to-date medication list can be documented.
When the physician reconciles home medications, they convert to inpatient orders.
Biomed Device Integration: Sends information from patient care devices, such as heart monitors, to
the patient’s EMR, eliminating the possibility of data entry or
legibility errors. Also, it improves the speed that the information is
available to physicians and other caregivers.
Nursing Documentation: Provides nurses the means to electronically document their patient assessment
and care plan in a reliable, accurate and easily understood way, for all
Cardiology Imaging: When performing cardiac tests and procedures, images are sent directly
to the cardiology imaging system, making that information available for
Picture Archiving Communications (PACS): Southwest General has moved to storing all radiology images to Cerner PACS
systems with a fully integrated dictation system (PowerScribe) providing
medical images and fast turnaround for final reports to physicians via
the EMR from inside the hospital or remotely using a Physician Portal.
Health Information Exchange (HIE): Southwest General sends patient results and visit information to the state
of Ohio HIE, which allows physicians to integrate this information into
their office records and ensures that your patient information is available
wherever, and whenever, you need to receive care.