Healthcare IT News released the Best Hospital IT Departments, with MU Health Care’s Tiger Institute landing top rankings among other large hospitals.
In July 2017, Tiger Institute Board of Governors agreed to move forward with the implementation of Cerner’s revenue cycle to replace existing systems for registration, scheduling, patient accounting, and practice management.
Our goal is to finalize contracting by end of 2017 and kick off the project in the summer of 2018. A clinically integrated revenue cycle will benefit the health system by helping further prepare us to compete in the future.
Reasons to begin this change now include:
- Reimbursement shifting from fee for service
- Need to tie charges to clinical activity for alternative payment models
- Industry moving to integrated platforms
- Aging Platform in GE
Single sign-on streamlines our users’ login experience by ensuring the username/password used to log into all computers is the same as the credentials required to sign into all Cerner Millennium applications.
Our users like having one set of credentials to remember, and calls to the Help Desk for password resets dropped significantly.
Finally, single sign-on was a prerequisite for several health system-wide projects and required for projects to meet their timelines.
Follow Me Technology
With Follow Me Technology users can log into a virtual desktop running on specific hardware within the health system and have that same session “follow” them whenever they log into another PC.
This time saver completely changes our users’ workflows. No longer do they have to sign into each computer they use. Instead, they sign into all applications once at the beginning of the day. This capability saves significant amounts of time once a user is properly trained and comfortable with the new workflow. iAccess “tap-and-go” functionality, in which users log in with their badges, is coming soon.
With the aging Pyxis dispensing system, MU Health Care opted to undertake a system-wide replacement with the integrated RxStation solution. Beginning in August 2016 with the pilot, through August 2017, Tiger Institute completed the largest-to-date implementation of RxStation. Nine semi trucks delivered the components needed for customizable configurations across the health system.
Benefits to pharmacy include further decentralized dispensing of medications, automated reconciliation of controlled substances, and integration of formulary and patient management within the EHR. Pharmacy now offers more than 90% of available medications through the automated dispensing cabinets, compared to less than 40% with Pyxis, a 56% increase. Medications filled at cart fill with Pyxis was at 42% and now has dropped to less than 5% with RxStation, an 89% decrease.
Nursing can now see the patient record and queued medications at the dispensing cabinet and have immediate access to verified medication orders. They can queue up their medications from their workstation prior to approaching the cabinet, minimizing any wait times. Nurses can also create any needed patient/drug labels at the station.
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