SOURCE: Forerun, Inc.

Forerun, Inc.

May 23, 2013 08:47 ET

Forerun Launches Breakthrough Nursing Documentation for Emergency Department

Emergency Department Charting Software Leader Joins With Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to Add Advanced Nursing Documentation to Forerun FlexChart

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwired - May 23, 2013) - Responding to the call from emergency department (ED) providers for improved nursing documentation, Forerun, Inc. (www.forerunsystems.com), today introduced major new capabilities for its FlexChart electronic charting solution. Forerun, a leader in delivering innovative electronic charting software for the ED, worked closely with nurses and physicians within Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) to extend its FlexChart application with the addition of the rich, comprehensive nursing documentation facilities that are essential in the ED environment.

Moving nursing documentation to an electronic charting platform has been a major focus in the ED for several years, according to Kirsten Boyd, BIDMC Director for Emergency Services and Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory. "We wanted to improve documentation quality, accessibility to patient information, and standardization of the data being captured during patient encounters," she said.

BIDMC opted to work with Forerun on the nursing documentation initiative after a successful implementation of FlexChart for ED physicians.

"We actually improved work processes as a result of our collaboration with Forerun," said Jayne Carvelli Sheehan, Senior Vice President, Ambulatory and Emergency Services at BIDMC. FlexChart nursing documentation went live at BIDMC about a year ago and the feedback from clinicians has been very positive, according to Boyd.

"We were able to train nurses to use Forerun software in about an hour," she said.

"The fact that all patient data is easily accessible from anywhere in the ED and that we now have an electronic hand-off between nurses and physicians is a major benefit in terms of continuity of care for the patient," Boyd continued. "And, when the patient leaves the ED, electronic documentation makes it possible for primary care physicians and specialty clinics to see exactly what happened during treatment, resulting in improved communication across the care delivery spectrum."

"Enhancing FlexChart with extensive nursing documentation capabilities illustrates Forerun's commitment to providing ED charting solutions that increase productivity, improve communication and support optimum care delivery," said Forerun CEO Ken Wolfe. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with BIDMC throughout the application development process."

Forerun FlexChart software with nursing documentation enhancements is available now.

About Forerun

Forerun, Inc. is a leading innovator of electronic clinical information and documentation solutions for the ED through its flagship clinical documentation platform, FlexChart™. This advanced solution was designed by ED operational physician specialists to address the common ED clinician experience of being required to chart on cumbersome, inefficient software not specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the ED. FlexChart™ increases productivity by enabling clinicians to complete complex charts legibly and accurately in a fraction of the time spent charting on legacy in-house systems. FlexChart™ also provides quality care enhancements and reminders that are usable, flexible, and work with in-place documentation style and workflow, while also supporting a safe hand-off process with enhanced communication among caregivers.

Specifically designed to smoothly integrate with applications currently running in healthcare provider organizations, FlexChart provides ED physicians with the tools they need that are unique to emergency medicine. It is a complete turnkey solution with embedded clinical customization capabilities and is configured by Forerun technical and ED physician experts to meet the requirements of each enterprise.

For a demonstration of FlexChart in action, visit www.forerunsystems.com.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Senior Life and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.

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