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Brookhaven hospital praises new ER computer system

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Officials at King's Daughters Medical

Center in Brookhaven say new computer technology installed earlier

this year gives doctors and nurses access to electronic records,

improving the workflow inside the hospital's emergency room.

More than 50 hospitals in Mississippi have now installed the

Emergency Department Information System designed by Dallas-based

T-System Inc., according to a company spokesman.

King's Daughter installed the system in April and hospital

officials say it has reduced patients' length of stay from 284

minutes to 138 minutes. The system also allows the hospital to

eliminate white boards, clipboards and the notoriously illegible

handwriting of doctors.

Jennifer Jones, King's Daughters' emergency department case

manager, said in a hospital news release that the new computer

software can track a patient's hospital stay from admission to

release.

"Average wait times before evaluation, lab turnaround time,

X-ray interpretations. Before we had no way to track these

parameters," Jones said.

ER doctors can also order lab tests, imaging and other

diagnostics electronically from a patient's bedside.

The new system includes mobile laptop computers on rolling

stations that allow medical information to be recorded quickly from

anywhere in the emergency department and small wireless tablet

computers with touch screens.

The system also includes a 42-inch screen that allows physicians

and nurses to quickly assess patients' information.

Hospital officials say it allows the caregivers to spend less

time with charts and clipboards and more time with patients.

"They can carry the tablet in one arm, check off the orders

with the stylus and see the patient's information right there,"

said KDMC information systems manager Carl Smith. "It's bedside

computing."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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