Common Well being Companies Faucets Oracle to Broaden EHR System Throughout Behavioral Well being Community

Common Well being Companies (NYSE: UHS) has tapped Oracle to broaden its digital well being document (EHR) system throughout its behavioral well being community.

Whereas the supplier has used Oracle’s EHR in its acute care hospitals for a decade, increasing the know-how into its behavioral well being services will give it a unified system throughout the complete group.

UHS stated it sees the system, which will even embrace registration, consumption and scheduling, as a manner to assist improve care coordination and workflow efficiencies.


“In a paper-based world, you’ll be able to think about the quantity of faxes and scanned electronic mail paperwork flowing round,” Eric Goodwin, vp and chief info officer at Common Well being Companies, informed Behavioral Well being Enterprise. “Now we’re digital referrals. We’re streamlining some admissions selections, all that prior duplicate knowledge entry and [more].”

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based UHS operates 331 inpatient behavioral well being services, near 40 outpatient services and 27 acute inpatient care hospitals.

Externally, the system may assist enhance communication between the supplier and its payer companions.


“One of many complaints we had in our hospitals was, it’s truly exhausting to speak with the payers as a result of they needed to decipher a handwritten chart,” Goodwin stated. “With our utilization administration or case administration groups, now we’re electronically speaking with these payers. I feel that’s serving to throughout [patient] hospitalization.”

Traditionally, behavioral well being suppliers have been gradual to undertake EHRs. Many within the trade attribute that to the 2009 HITECH Act, which gave well being care suppliers funding to encourage the “significant use” of EHRs, however didn’t embrace behavioral well being suppliers.

Nonetheless, many clinicians are prepared to change over from paper and pen to an digital document, Goodwin famous. Actually, he stated suppliers have been fast to undertake the brand new affected person security rounding software that’s on an iPad as an alternative of a clipboard.

“From an implementation standpoint,” he stated, “we discovered that it was crucial to essentially guarantee that the EMR that we chosen may very well be tailor-made to the BH-specific workflow, similar to a grasp therapy plan and group remedy documentation.”

Goodwin additionally stated it was necessary to have a devoted chief medical informatics officer and a chief nursing informatics officer from the behavioral well being aspect to assist with implementation.

“I feel that actually helped tailor the system to guarantee that we’re making the proper standardization selections, the proper course of, selections, and many others.,” Goodwin stated.

What the long run holds

Implementing an EHR is simply one of many constructing blocks for advancing the corporate’s use of know-how and analytics, Goodwin stated.

Information factors that the supplier tracked manually, similar to affected person security measures and doctor order entry, can now be linked to the EHR and the enterprise knowledge warehouse.

“Now that we’ve begun to construct a bigger knowledge set of medical info, how can we use superior analytics in a predictive method?” Goodwin stated. “So understanding affected person danger and issues like that, and simply making an attempt to essentially develop these varieties of extra superior fashions to place it again throughout the workflow and the medical staff to assist them inform their therapy selections.”

Having a knowledge warehouse may additionally assist the corporate evolve as synthetic intelligence turns into a driving power in well being care.

“Actually, we haven’t answered all of the questions; I don’t suppose any of us have, round generative AI and so forth,” Goodwin stated. “However, we all know that incorporating something like that sooner or later goes to require medical info to move forwards and backwards … in a way by which the AI mannequin may eat it, after which that may very well be doubtlessly offered again to our medical groups to assist in both effectivity or their medical choice course of.”