Mount Sinai Queens Implements Electronic Medical Records in Ambulatory Locations

EMR Rollout to be completed in Queens by April 2013.

New York
 – November 27, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai Queens has brought full electronic medical records (EMR) to areas where ambulatory patients are treated, the first step in a $20 million project to implement a full electronic medical record system for all of Mount Sinai Queens by April 2013.   Ambulatory locations where the EMR is rolled out includes Family Health Associates, Physician Associates and the Mount Sinai Queens Cancer program. The main campus, The Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, has fully implemented an electronic medical record in both inpatient and outpatient settings with an investment of $120 million.

"Mount Sinai Queens is bringing the future of medical care to Queens with a top-flight electronic medical record system that will result in significant improvements and enhanced coordination of care for our patients," said Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens. "The system will bring new efficiencies that will allow us to channel even more resources toward treating the sick."

EMR brings numerous advantages and added safeguards to patients, including the ability to seamlessly transfer medical records between treatment areas and to other medical facilities, including Mount Sinai's main campus in Manhattan.  With electronic records, patients will also be able to access their medical records and test results online, communicate with their doctor, request prescription renewals, and check upcoming appointments at https://mychart.mountsinai.org/mychart/.  

Electronic records also help physicians maintain a more complete and accurate history of a patient's prior conditions and prescriptions.  It can caution doctors about medications that should not be prescribed to certain patients, provide information to emergency medical staff even if a patient is unconscious or otherwise incapacitated, and expose many potential safety problems before they occur.  EMRs also help all of the numerous caregivers who may treat a patient stay current with the patient's condition and with any treatment or medications the patient may have received from other hospital staff, physicians, or specialists.

"Electronic medical records bring all sorts of advantages to a clinical setting," said Kumar Chatani, Chief Technology Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, "and Mount Sinai Queens is acquiring the industry-leading system.  The system builds on the success we've had at Mount Sinai in Manhattan and will allow full integration of medical records from one facility to another."

Mount Sinai Queens is implementing the same EMR system that has already been successfully installed at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.  Created by Epic Systems Corporation in Wisconsin, the system is widely recognized as the best in its class and the industry standard for academic medical centers and their various facilities spanning inpatient and outpatient care.

The Mount Sinai Hospital's state-of-the-art clinical information system provides an integrated medical record that incorporates the records of a patient's visit, ranging from Ambulatory Services to the Emergency Department to Inpatient Services. In 2011, The Mount Sinai Hospital was recognized by HIMSS Analytics for reaching "Stage 6" status on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Modelâ„  (EMRAM). As of October 2012, only 388 of the more than 5,300 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on EMRAM. Stage 7 is the highest level attainable.

One important element of the $20 million project to bring EMR to Mount Sinai Queens is new backup generating power for the facility, which will help provide access to electronic records even in the case of power failure.

About Mount Sinai Queens

Mount Sinai Queens is a 235-bed licensed acute care facility, providing adult medical and surgical services, with a team of nearly 500 physicians representing close to 40 medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties.  Between the physicians and staff, 35 languages are spoken; just one of the many ways that Mount Sinai Queens serves the needs of the culturally diverse population of our community.

The Hospital serves the communities of Western Queens and beyond by providing primary and specialty care; occupational, speech and physical therapy; outpatient surgery; cancer care and a range of radiological testing.

Mount Sinai Queens is the first and only community hospital to bear the prestigious Mount Sinai name and is unique because it is not just affiliated with Mount Sinai Manhattan— it is a fully integrated part of The Mount Sinai Hospital, combining medical excellence with the compassionate, caring environment you expect from a community hospital.  
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