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Electronic Health Record System Takes Flight at Lallie Kemp Medical Center

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PELICAN’s scanning capabilities ensure that the right patient receives the right medicine at the right time. Lindsey Nyeki, RN, scans a patient’s medical information at LKMC.

Independence -- The electronic health record system at Lallie Kemp Medical Center (LKMC), in Independence, La., went live, on May 12, throughout the facility, in inpatient and outpatient settings, surgery, the emergency department and business suites.  This comprehensive and instantaneous rollout at LKMC of the LSU Patient Electronic Health Information and Care Network, known as PELICAN, is in contrast with the piecemeal implementation of electronic health records hospitals commonly employ.

Dr. Frank Opelka

PELICAN went live instantaneously throughout LKMC on May 12. Kristen Muscarello, RN, (to the left), Cole Bailey, RN, and Jennifer Wright, RN, view PELCIAN data in the LKMC intensive care unit.

The launch of PELICAN at LKMC links the hospital to the four LSU hospitals in New Orleans, Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria and their affiliated clinics now using PELICAN.  As soon as a provider enters information into a patient’s password-protected electronic health record, PELICAN’s single integrated database allows all healthcare providers at these institutions to have immediate access to the information.  This access speeds up treatment and makes medical care safer and more effective. This switch from the patient’s paper chart to the electronic health record keeps LSU Health at the forefront of twenty-first century healthcare.

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Karen Forrest, RN, works on a mobile computer station at a patient’s bedside in the LKMC Emergency Department.

With PELICAN, LKMC healthcare providers can use iPhones, iPads, and mobile computer stations rolled to the patient’s bedside to view medical histories, prescriptions, X-rays, MRIs, lab results, dietary needs and more.  Flags in the patient’s electronic health record automatically alert providers to medication allergies, potential drug interactions, dosage concerns and other medical issues.  Providers can eliminate duplicate tests that slow the delivery of treatment.  PELICAN is making healthcare safer, more efficient and more cost-effective.

LSU’s previous electronic health record system is incorporated into PELICAN so that the patient’s complete medical record is available in a one-patient, one-chart, electronic health-record format.

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Dr. Ghulam Arain at a mobile computer station on the Med/Surg unit of LKMC.

“The efficiencies of PELICAN will allow us to continue our delivery of quality healthcare within our hospital and clinics and with our partners in other healthcare settings in a highly coordinated manner for the benefit of our patients,” said Dr. Kathleen Willis, LKMC Medical Director.   “Reviewing medical information will be so much easier.  Patients will also have an electronic link to us through the My Chart feature of PELICAN, which ties in beautifully with our medical home program.”

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PELICAN experts from throughout LSU Health are participating in the PELICAN launch at LKMC.

PELICAN is a win-win for provider and patient.  Besides the caregiver having immediate access to all of the patient’s medical records, the patient has access as well.  The PELICAN component called “My Chart” allows patients, via a web browser, to view their medical data, check test results and make appointments.  Doctors now have better tools for patient care, and patients have better tools for monitoring their care.

This rich source of healthcare data will also be available to LSU medical researchers, with the full protection of patient confidentiality, for studying effective treatments and practices.

To prepare for the rollout of PELICAN, LKMC provided extensive training for employees and engaged patients in an educational campaign on PELICAN’s startup and benefits. It also provided training to community-partner clinic personnel so that they have appropriate access to their patients who are treated at LKMC and use its specialty services.

The first LSU hospital to initiate PELICAN was LSU Health in Shreveport in November 2011, making LSU Health the first statewide, public healthcare network in the United States to deploy electronic health records at its hospitals and physician clinics.