June 17, 2011
Carondelet Health Network is bringing state-of-the-art technology to Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Ariz. in the form of electronic health records (EHR). On June 21, implementation of an expanded computerized patient care records system will enhance the critical access hospital’s ability to not only track patient medical histories, but more effectively coordinate services, and any emergent or immediate needs while a person is in the hospital. As the only hospital in Santa Cruz County, Holy Cross serves the more than 47,000 residents in the southern most portion of the state.
“Electronic health records are being implemented in hospitals nationwide,” notes Tony Fonze, Vice President of Information Services for Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Ariz. “The goal is to increase the quality and safety of patient care with greater efficiency.”
For example, better care can be provided in the Emergency Department with consistent collection of accurate patient data. When physicians have improved access to patients’ medication histories, allergies and prescriptions, safety with regard to medication is strengthened.
“EHR systems have been in place at Carondelet Medical Group since 2006 and are currently being implemented in all Carondelet hospitals in Tucson,” adds Winnie Fritz, MSN, EdD, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital. “Instituting EHR capabilities in all of our facilities throughout the Network means that when a patient, who first seeks help at Holy Cross or in one of our primary care practices, needs a higher level of care and must be transported to one of our Tucson facilities, his/her EHR is accessible to physicians and clinicians in those hospitals instantly. That history minimizes redundancy and Carondelet allows the patient to move more effortlessly through our system.”
To learn more about Electronic Health Record go to: https://www.cms.gov/EHealthRecords/
Implementation and training of Holy Cross staff on this new technology begins with a blessing at the hospital at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Implementation continues through the end of the week. Media outlets interested in profiling the implementation at Holy Cross can contact Dina Sanchez at 520-285-8003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit health care system dedicated to responding to the health care needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include nearly fourteen Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations, three Carondelet Specialist Group offices, an ambulatory surgery center and various outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to health care. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org.