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lsu deploying new electronic health records system

BATON ROUGE-The LSU Health System today announced deployment of the first phase of LSU’s new Electronic Health Records (EHR) system designed to create a network of coordinated health care that is safer, more efficient, and less costly.
            
GE Healthcare has been awarded a $12.5 million contract to create a filmless and paperless central database and radiology image repository for securely sharing patient imaging data among LSU’s 10 public hospitals and more than 500 clinics statewide.               
            
"The selection of GE for the implementation of the radiology information system and picture archiving is the first major building block of the LSU statewide electronic health record system,” said Dr. Fred Cerise, LSU System Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education.  “This system will make digital X-rays available at any LSU hospital and clinic throughout the state regardless of where the X-ray was taken, increasing the knowledge about each patient and making treatments more effective.”  
            
Implementation of GE’s Centricity RIS/PACS system, expected to take a year, is scheduled to get underway in late August.  Once operational, LSU doctors and nurses will be able to access critical patient information regardless of where it was acquired in better diagnosing and treating cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders and a wide variety of other illnesses.
            
“In addition to patient safety, convenience, and cost benefits,” said Dr. Cerise, “this system will allow radiologists at our referral centers to support patient care at smaller hospitals.  Similar to LSU's statewide systems for primary care, chronic disease management, medication access, and tertiary referral care, this initiative demonstrates the advanced system of coordinated care that places LSU in the forefront of state, regional, and national health care reform."
            
“This agreement with LSU further demonstrates that GE Centricity is robust for an enterprise architecture, yet scalable to accommodate different workflows at a variety of institutions in the academic setting, at community hospitals, and at imaging centers,” said Don Woodlock, Vice President and Global General Manager of GE Healthcare IT.
            
Completion of the entire EHR system is expected to take five years at a projected cost of $116 million.  LSU is in the process of procuring software for the next phase of development, which is scheduled for completion by March of next year, culminating in a contract with a single prime vendor for the EHR operation.  The project is expected to be fully operational by December 2015.
            
On a related note, the LSU Health Information Exchange (LSU-HIE) will be completed in three months.  The new service will enable electronic records of all LSU patients to be available at any LSU hospital, a capability especially important during hurricane evacuations when patients are dispersed from homes.  When the LSU-HIE goes online this fall, LSU will have the first statewide health information exchange in Louisiana.
 
For further information contact:

Charles Zewe, PhD, LSU System Vice President for Communication,
225-578-3941, 504-251-5400 (czewe@lsu.edu).

Dr. Fred Cerise
dr. fred cerise