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January 2012
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CareLink Enhancements Coming Soon

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) will soon implement enhancements as part of Phase IV of CareLink, NCH’s electronic health record (EHR) system. The EHR system will undergo enhancements that will continue to support the goal of the CareLink initiative, providing patient data so users have clinical information “when they need it, where they need it and how they need to see it”. Some of these enhancements will also support the federal government’s “meaningful use” standards.

Although the initial go-live date has been postponed, please refer to the information below regarding CareLink Phase IV training.

Training

A brief computer based training (CBT) module has been developed to help medical staff members navigate the upcoming enhancements and changes. The CareLink Phase IV CBT can be accessed in two ways:

  • Visiting CareLink’s Message of the Day Support Page Link
  • Clicking here for direct access

What You Need to Know

Health Summary Tab
As part of the upcoming changes, a new tab in CareLink called Health Summary will be added (located between the Flowsheet Viewer tab and Document Viewer tab). The Health Summary tab will allow doctors real-time access to historical patient information including patient problems, allergies, medications, immunizations and admission history. This means medical staff will no longer need to access the Medical Records tab to view this information via the nursing admission history report, offering increased efficiency.

Emergency Room Documentation
The CareLink suite of applications will expand in the areas of online documentation and CPOE (computerized provider order entry) to include Emergency Department (ED) staff and physicians. Electronic documentation will allow doctors real-time access to a shared report on patients in the ED. For inpatient clinical staff, this real-time access will increase efficiencies by providing access to the record in advance of the admission.

Questions? Contact Physician Outreach at 847.618.5280.

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