It’s a debate as old as IT itself — best of breed versus enterprise. In healthcare, that timeless decision usually surfaces in the emergency department, where workflow is incredibly specialized and applications from core clinical vendors usually don’t make the grade. But if niche solutions carry the day, it’s the CIO’s job to make sure the ED doesn’t become an island outside the hospital’s information flow. Marian Moran, CIO at St. Mary Medical Center in Bucks County Pennsylvania, recently decided to go niche, selecting Picis as her ED system to complement a core Meditech environment. To learn more about how Moran will keep the right data flowing to the right places, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently chatted with the CIO.
Chapter 1: Topics Covered — IT environment at St. Mary Medical Center — Meditech, Picis, GE, Lawson, Kronos; being part of Catholic Health East; best of breed vs best of suite; interfaces vs enterprise solutions; making an interfaced environment the best it can be; deciding whether to go with core clinical vendor or niche for ancillary department solution [audio:One-on-One-W-Marian-Moran-Chapter-1.mp3]
Chapter 2: Topics Covered — Charge capture and bed capacity management in the ED; patient flow management throughout the hospital — addressing pain points with IT; empowering physicians with push technologies; embracing iPhones, iPads and other wireless devices [audio:One-on-One-W-Marian-Moran-Chapter-2.mp3]
Chapter 3: Topics Covered — Picis/Meditech interface — a two-way flow?; Projects to meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use; Meditech upgrade in the future? [audio:One-on-One-W-Marian-Moran-Chapter-3.mp3]