Lewistown Hospital, a general medical and surgical hospital located in Pennsylvania, US, has announced it will adopt the Summit Downtime Reporting System (DRS) to enable access to critical patient data and help ensure business continuity in the event of HCIS or network downtime.
Lewistown has decided to implement the system throughout the organisation after a proof of concept of the Summit DRS technology.
In addition to this, the hospital is planning to digitalise as it is already running on a Cerner platform.
With its new platform, the hospital has also recognised the importance of having a secure and reliable business continuity solution as part of its overall strategy to ensure patient safety and a continuum of quality care.
In September 2013, Lewistown went live with the Summit DRS throughout the organisation.
Eleven DRS stations have been installed, which currently run five different types of patient organised reports.
These patient organised reports, which are run on an hourly basis from Cerner Clinical Reporting to the DRS server, are generally focused around patient chart data and support inpatient units, same day surgery and the emergency department.
Summit Healthcare information management vice president and CIO Ron Cowan said that the importance of business continuity is becoming critical across the healthcare industry as dependence on electronic health records increases.
"The Summit Downtime Reporting System became an easy choice as it was not only a secure solution but turnkey and a flexible strategy for Lewistown Hospital.
"The Summit Healthcare team was responsive, timely and knowledgeable as we worked to meet our September 2013 go live," Cowan added.
Summit DRS provides both clinical and non-clinical users with a snapshot of critical information, easily accessible from multiple touch points at the hospital irrespective of planned or unplanned downtime.
Report generation and data capture tools provide the snapshots of vital data, while sophisticated data encryption and secure delivery tools protect information and give healthcare providers access to content.
Summit Healthcare CEO Ted Rossi said the company is pleased to assist Lewistown Hospital with its business continuity strategy.
"We look forward to continuing to provide dependable technology platforms to the Cerner customer base," Rossi added.
"With the recent surge of electronic data, addressing downtime and being prepared for both the expected and the unexpected is imperative to deliver quality and safe patient care."
Lewistown Hospital is a 123-bed facility that serves approximately 80,000 patients each year.
Image: Lewistown Hospital. Photo courtesy of Lewistown Hospital.