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Electronic Charts Now Being Used A St. John's Mercy Medical Center

There are 16 comments on the Fox2Now story from Aug 31, 2009, titled Electronic Charts Now Being Used A St. John's Mercy Medical Center. In it, Fox2Now reports that:

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Informative consumer

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Sep 1, 2009
I had watched the news last night and was quite surprised at you information re:St. John's hospital and their use of computerized charting (the part that stated " St. John's and its affiliated physicians have created one of the most integrated health care systems in the country"). SSM DePaul Health Center had gone live with computerized charting 8/1/09 and St.Joseph West went live early spring of 09. Please do check the credibility of your information before broadcasting it on TV. Thank you

Ballwin, MO

#2 Sep 1, 2009
The Epic system is amazing & efficient! It makes giving the best care more safe and organized.

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Sep 1, 2009
Mercy Medical Group, a division of Sisters of Mercy, went live at numerous offices in early 2008. So therefore, the infomative consumer can be better informed at knowing that St Johns/Sisters of Mercy/MMG, was the first to start using this system in the St Louis area.

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Sep 1, 2009
Great job, St. John's!

As usual, they continue to lead the region in state of the art health care, and as always they remain the most compassionate and committed health center around.
Health Care Advocate

Mountain City, TN

#5 Sep 1, 2009
Actually there are 5 hospitals and many affiliated physicians in St. Louis that has been using the electronic health record prior to St Johns, with the first facility live with the system in early 2008. Credit needs to go to these facilities for being the leader in the area. Time to get the facts and story straight.

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#6 Sep 1, 2009
Informative consumer-
While it is true that SSM has been using computerized charting, the EPIC system at St. John's is much more extensive. It includes computerized physician order entry and links all patients records together from the doctor's office, ER visits, and hospital stays.
Health Care Advocate

Mountain City, TN

#7 Sep 1, 2009
Hello...SSM uses EPIC as well with all the same features.

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#8 Sep 1, 2009
SSM may have used it first, but the quality of care at SSM facilities is sub par to St. John's. Maybe no one cares to hear about SSM?
Just the facts

Saint Peters, MO

#9 Sep 1, 2009
If you want the facts, look at this Modern Healthcare article from February 2009, about the 42 hospitals in the U.S. with the most advanced electronic medical record implementation. The article takes you directly to the study done by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society. SSM Health Care has 3 hospitals on the list...including St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis. It is, in fact, the only hospital in the St. Louis area on the list (I believe the other 2 listed are in Wisconsin). St. John's is not on the list.
Regardless, it is not a competition...I think both the Sisters of Mercy and the SSM Franciscan Sisters of Mary probably started their organizations with one common goal - to provide quality care for the sick and hurting in the communities they serve. Both systems do that, and do it with the most advanced technologies available.
As far as Shawn's statement about no one caring to hear about SSM...that just seems like an uneducated response. Why WOULDN'T you want to know about one of the leading Catholic health care systems in the country, with 6 integrated hospitals working together across the St. Louis area? What a wonderful resource for our community! I personally wouldn't take my family anywhere else...and I wish the media would talk about SSM Health Care as much as they talk about the other health care systems in town. THEN maybe people like Shawn would know more about why it is a health care system that everyone in the St. Louis area should be proud of.

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#10 Sep 2, 2009
Way to go St. John's. This is just another example of why St. John's is one of the best hospitals in St. Louis.

Ballwin, MO

#11 Sep 2, 2009
SSM has been live since March 08 with the first hospital to go live with EPIC in St. Louis. Four other hospitals have gone live in St. Louis along with multiple physician offices. There are two SSM hospitals in Wisconsin using the EPIC system as well. Recognition should be given to SSM as well for the implementation of a safer and more intregrated health record for all patients.

It would of been nice if Fox 2 news would of investigated a little before airing this story, the presentation made it look as the Mercy System is one in a few in the Country. The fact is that they are the second health care system in St. Louis to go live with the electronic health record.
Healthcare reinformed

Saint Louis, MO

#12 Sep 2, 2009
Kudos to SSM Health Care for being the leader in early adoption of the electronic medical record! My doctor happens to be a SSM doctor and I can talk directly to him through the My Chart application. The electronic health record was also great when I went to a SSM emergency room then had a follow up at another SSM facility.

I am glad that St. John's is catching up with all of the facilities in the area that already use "Epic health records." St. Joseph Health Center, St. Joseph Hospital West, DePaul Health Center and St. Clare Health Center are all on the list in early adoption of Electronic Health Records. The newspapers covered it a couple of years ago. It is nice to know the hospitals in St. Louis are focused on making safety in healthcare a priority. I am appreciative of SSM's efforts. The HIMMS data speaks volumes. If you follow the need for electronic health record it is on this site. http://www.himss.org/ASP/index.asp
TIRED of generalizations

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Sep 3, 2009
Kudos to "Just The Facts" response. I will never understand why or how people can/will "slam" or "bash" healthcare workers like Shawn did.
We are all here for one reason--our patients. Some resources may be bigger than others, some may be "for profit" and some may not be..Some of us work tirelessly and graciously to NOT let the patients and families know if or when other situations arise that could affect our care-staffing, dietary, housekeeping, workflow, management

and SOMETIMES when a patient is waiting for more than a few minutes for a nurse to come to answer that call light, just remember--she MIGHT be in the next room SAVING THAT persons life.

healthcare can be a very rewarding AND ungrateful profession, all at the same time--but the bottom line is we are all providing comfort, care, and compassion to our patients-- or at the very least we SHOULD be.

I feel for those who generalize one hospital system over the other as to the "sub par" care that's given. Maybe it was YOUR experience Shawn. or one of your family member's that brought you to that conclusion. BUT not every healthcare worker that works at a particular facility provides "sub par" care. and not every facility labeleled with a particular "brand" --be it SSM, or St johns, or "Tenet", or St anthonys, or JMH, or whatever provides "sub par" care as a whole.

the following article copied & pasted from the ssm website:

"SSM Hospitals Honored for Performance

Five SSM Health Care hospitals were recognized Aug. 17 for their performance in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Premier healthcare alliance value-based purchasing project. The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project, also known as “Pay for Performance,” rewards hospitals for delivering high-quality care in five clinical areas.

Based on fourth-year results from the project in the areas of acute myocardial infarction (AMI); coronary artery bypass graft (CABG); heart failure; hip and knee replacement; and pneumonia:

• SSM DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo., earned a total of $77,374 for its performance in all five areas. SSM DePaul received a Top Performer Award (top 20 percent in the country) for its results for hip and knee replacements.
• St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City was awarded a total of $72,593 in all five areas and received Top Improvement Awards for AMI, CABG, heart failure and pneumonia.
• St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wis., received awards totaling $61,515 in the areas of AMI, CABG, hip and knee replacement and pneumonia, as well as a Top Improvement Award for its performance in the area of CABG.
• SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights, Mo., earned $46,393 for its performance in the five areas and received a Top Improvement Award in the clinical area of pneumonia.
• Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma City received a total of $3,146 for its performance in the area of hip and knee replacements.

The HQID is the first national project of its kind, designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals help improve the quality of inpatient care."


Saint Louis, MO

#14 Sep 6, 2009
Just to comment on Informative consumer's statement about St. John's being one of the most integrated systems: yes, it is true that SSM went "live" earlier than St. John's, but I believe that the system St. John's is a member of (the Sisters of Mercy) has a larger number of physicians/providers that are using EMRs in their offices/clinics. St. John's St. Louis was the 6th hospital in the system to go live on Epic: there are hospitals in Arkansas, Kansas, and Springfield and Washington, MO, that are now live, with another 5 hospitals planned in then next year to year and a half. The hospital in Springfield is comparable in size to St. Louis and both are Level 1 trauma centers and burn centers. The Springfield hospital has a sizable number of integrated physicians (at least on par w/ the number associated with the St. Louis hospital, if not more), so I believe that is part of what makes them one of the most "integrated" systems. Also, I believe the Mercy hospitals have implemented more functionality across more areas of care than SSM has at this point. But, it is not a competition. I think the comment about checking the "credibility" of the information was incorrect.

Earth City, MO

#15 Sep 7, 2009
For the record, I've worked on both projects at SSM and now Mercy. SSM took the functionality of EPIC "out of the box" and Mercy has a project team that customizes funtionality for each entity. BIG difference!

Saint Louis, MO

#16 Sep 20, 2009
Well said ED RN...very true.
Dustin also has a good point...

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