SOURCE: T-System, Inc.

T-System, Inc.

October 10, 2011 08:35 ET

T-System Highlights ED Physician Efficiency With EHRs at ACEP Scientific Assembly

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 10, 2011) - T-System, Inc. will demonstrate how going electronic can be both an easy and efficient way to document patient care in the emergency department (ED) at this week's American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2011 Scientific Assembly in San Francisco. To showcase the usability and intuitive design of its solutions, T-System will host a "virtual" ED at booth #1502. Booth visitors will be able to visualize the solutions' use in a real patient care setting and walk up and try the solutions for themselves.

As emergency physicians grasp the financial and operational implications of health reform and pay-for-performance reimbursement programs, they are realizing a large part of their ability to perform effectively and efficiently depends heavily on their hospital's EHR. In recent years, much focus has shifted away from usability and workflow and has been directed toward overcoming new regulatory obstacles. As a result, many physicians are faced with technology that is too cumbersome and time-consuming to use. Other physicians find themselves remaining on paper documentation or dictation, sacrificing technological advancements that would improve clinical, operational and financial outcomes at the hospital.

"Our hospital emergency physicians are at risk of lost productivity as hospitals take away their emergency department information systems and replace them with enterprise applications with minimal or no functionality specific to ED workflow," said Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP, T-System vice president and chief medical informatics officer. "T-System solutions don't slow down doctors' care delivery; in fact, they improve care delivery. Even more, our certified solutions help hospitals demonstrate Meaningful Use compliance and ensure hospitals and physicians can receive maximum reimbursement for the care they provide."

T-System's booth at the ACEP Scientific Assembly will be set up to emulate a hospital ED where physician attendees can gather hands-on experience testing key components of its solutions, for example, patient documentation and computerized provider order entry (CPOE). T-System clinicians will be available to help attendees select the best solution to fit their needs and care setting from its workflow and documentation solutions that include: T SystemEV®, DigitalShare™ and T-Sheets®, as well as clinical decision support offerings from PEPID™ and Isabel Healthcare. More than 5,000 emergency physicians are estimated to be in attendance for the assembly, held at the Moscone Center from Oct. 15-18.

"Although more and more hospitals are transitioning to EHRs as a result of federal funding incentives, it is still necessary for them to gain physician user acceptance in order to ensure that healthcare processes and outcomes improve," said Hitchcock. "Offering emergency physicians an electronic health record that is easy to use and navigate during their daily ED routine is guaranteed to increase, not derail, the likelihood of successful adoption."

About ACEP
ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

About T-System
T-System, Inc. sets the industry standard for clinical, business and IT solutions for emergency medicine, with approximately 40 percent of the nation's emergency departments using T-System solutions. To meet the individual needs of hospitals, T-System offers both paper and electronic systems. These tools help clinicians provide better patient care, while improving efficiency and the bottom line. Today, more than 1,700 emergency departments rely on T-System's gold-standard content and workflow solutions. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter (@TSystem), or become a T-System fan on Facebook.

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