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Interim LSU Public Hospital Among National Elite for Advanced Electronic Medical Records

Marshall Rehage, RN, with LSU, demonstrates the scanning capability of PELICAN.
Marshall Rehage, RN, with LSU, demonstrates the scanning capability of PELICAN.

New Orleans The Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH) has received national recognition for its sophisticated electronic health record system and its use throughout ILH.

HIMSS Analytics has announced that ILH has achieved Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, placing ILH in an elite group for modern healthcare delivery. As of September 2012, only 6.7 percent, or 391 hospitals, of the more than 5,300 hospitals in the United States tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on the adoption model.

The stage designation is based on an audit of the benefits that the system, known as PELICAN, provides to ILH patients. PELICAN is an acronym for Patient Electronic Health Information and Care Network.

"Achieving Stage 6 indicates that our dedication to providing high-quality healthcare and our expertise in providing this care place us among the best in the nation," said Dr. Juzar Ali, Interim ILH CEO. "With PELICAN, we're delivering healthcare more safely and more efficiently and maintaining the LSU tradition of first-rate medical services in a rapidly evolving, high-technology profession."

LSU Health is implementing PELICAN, with its single, integrated database, in all ten of its hospitals, giving providers throughout the LSU Health system immediate access to patient records whenever a patient receives care from LSU or its affiliated clinics.

"The Stage 6 designation presents another huge leap in the implementation of electronic medical records at the Interim LSU Public Hospital," said Marcus Hobgood, PELICAN Project Director for LSU Health. "With this electronic medical records system, our physicians and nurses have the tools to make better decisions about managing patient care and safety. Our LSU staff gets tremendous credit for their tireless efforts in the implementation of PELICAN and the Stage 6 designation."

On July 29, ILH went live with PELICAN throughout the facility, in inpatient and outpatient settings, surgery, the emergency department and business suites. This comprehensive and instantaneous "Big Bang" rollout at ILH is in contrast with the piecemeal implementation of electronic health records hospitals commonly employ.

By June 2013, all LSU hospitals and 500 physician clinics will be linked and using PELICAN for the coordinated care of the more than 500,000 patients LSU Health sees each year. This statewide switch from the patient's paper chart to the electronic health record keeps LSU Health at the forefront of twenty-first century healthcare and graduate medical education.

Stage 6 hospitals have the following attributes:

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage;
  • Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment;
  • Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings;
  • Are either starting to evaluate data for care-delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area;
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the electronic medical record;
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively use information technology to improve the patient safety environment;
  • Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers and employers to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges.

Stage 6 hospitals have also achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to address successfully many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

Achieving Stage 7, the highest level, represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

LSU Health Shreveport has also achieved Stage 6 recognition. Last November, it was the first LSU hospital to initiate PELICAN, making LSU Health the first statewide, public healthcare network in the United States to deploy electronic health records at its hospitals and physician clinics.

"HIMSS Analytics congratulates the Interim LSU Public Hospital for leading the way toward health IT adoption," said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, Organizational Services, for HIMSS. "Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 391 U.S. hospitals have reached to date."

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms. Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.