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The Detroit Medical Center Pioneers New EMR System Preventing Medication Mistakes
Date:3/12/2009

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In addition to protecting patients from the risk of errors, the DMC's new system "greatly enhances medical treatment by providing physicians with instantaneous access to the patient's complete medical record," said DMC family doctor JoAnn Riggins, the Physician Liaison on the Clinical Transformation Team which oversaw implementation of the EMR.

"There's no doubt that this is a major step forward for medical care in Detroit," said Dr. Riggins. "Before the implementation of EMR, I would have had to go into the hospital, or I would have had to sit there on the phone with the nurse reading everything on a patient's chart to me. And that would have taken up a lot of the nurse's time, which could be better spent out there on the floor talking to patients.

"But now I can see the entire chart and all the different medical forms for myself at a glance, just by logging onto the EMR system. And I can also review all of the evidence-based medical data related to a patient's condition, simply by touching a few buttons. Having that information all in one place and readily accessible is a big advantage for our patients.

"The EMR system is an extremely powerful tool for doctors, nurses and clinicians - and it's already helping us to improve patient-care throughout the Detroit Medical Center."

The Detroit Medical Center operates nine hospitals and institutes, including Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, Kresge Eye Institute, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital and DMC Surgery Hospital.

The Detroit Medical Center is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Shock, Detroit Ignition and Detroit Grand Prix.

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