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2013-02-14 – Electronic Medical Records at The Mount Sinai Medical Center Shown to Greatly Improve Quality of Care

The long-term implementation of the Epic Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system at The Mount Sinai Medical Center has resulted in improved quality of care for patients, mirroring results recently announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden, MD, regarding New York City’s own EMR program and its impact on patient care. Since Mount Sinai implemented the first phase of its $120 million Epic EMR system in 2006, the program has expanded to cover inpatient and outpatient services, the Icahn School of Medicine, and Mount Sinai Queens.

“Epic EMR is a major tool for measuring and improving quality of care for patients with chronic disease, especially hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and congestive heart failure – and we have seen its successful implementation here at Mount Sinai,” said Mark Callahan, MD, Senior Vice President for Ambulatory Care at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “Electronic medical records are invaluable in assisting our clinicians to help manage complex patients in ambulatory and inpatient settings, and to attain the highest standards of evidence based-medicine. Mount Sinai continues to meet with members of the NYC REACH program, which helps providers adopt EMR and other technologies to improve health outcomes in New York City, and we applaud the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City’s public health officials in helping to increase the adoption of EMRs around the city and across the country.”

In late 2012, Mount Sinai received the prestigious Davies Award of Excellence from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in recognition of its EMR system. Among other reasons, HIMSS cited Mount Sinai’s use of Epic EMR to reduce Medicare readmissions by 56 percent, and – as the following table shows – for other increased hospital quality measures, such as provision of discharge instructions for patients and dispensing antibiotics prior to surgery.

In March 2012, Mount Sinai installed the first phase of Epic Beacon EMR in its chemotherapy infusion suites, later expanding to inpatient and ambulatory services. A survey showed nearly 80 percent of staff using Epic Beacon EMR increased efficiency and improved the quality of patient care. And in April 2013, the $20 million rollout of Epic EMR at Mount Sinai Queens will be completed.

“Mount Sinai is among the leaders of the EMR revolution, and our goal is to remain at the forefront of this technology to continually elevate quality care and patient safety,” said Kumar Chatani, Senior Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Last year, Mount Sinai was named to the “Most Connected” list by U.S. News & World Report, as a national medical institution recognized for clinical excellence that is also at the forefront in the use of digital technology. Mount Sinai placed higher on the list than any other hospital in the New York City metropolitan area.

February 19, 2013