Upper Chesapeake Health (UCH) in Maryland, US, has chosen Forerun’s FlexChart advanced physician documentation software for the emergency departments of Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Harford Memorial Hospital.

The FlexChart is intended to provide a physician charting solution for emergency departments (EDs) by combining paper templates with electronic charting.

The software will help physicians to document their patient’s care using familiar templates with built-in decision support, risk management and quality indicator tools.

The FlexChart is designed to offer flexible data capture options for the efficient documentation of care and combine relevant information from other parts of the patient’s record to prepare the final chart, which can be exported to the patient’s electronic medical record for access by other clinicians.

During a pilot study, the software helped UCH to witness productivity rise in sharp contrast to the 10-30% productivity drop when compared to paper documentation.

"FlexChart’s user interface is extraordinarily intuitive and very specific to the ED environment," said Fermin Barrueto, M.D., chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCH.

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"As a result, the learning curve and training period are extremely short. Clinicians often received training only during the hour before the first shift during which they worked with FlexChart," Barrueto added.

"FlexChart also eliminates the legibility issues that are inevitable when physicians are making notes on paper."

Forerun president and CEO Ken Wolfe said: "Forerun recently obtained certification as a Modular Hospital EHR by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT(R)) for our Forerun ED(TM) application including our FlexChart and Patient Discharge modules."

Wolfe added: "This certification will support every hospital’s efforts to obtain incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the Meaningful Use of certified health information technology."

UCH, an affiliate of the University of Maryland Medical System, is planning to implement the FlexChart on a production basis during 2012.