Friday, September 23, 2011

Fair builds anticipation for e-chart

ACD SNEAK PEEK: Meg Parsons, RN, ACD clinical lead,
far right, talks with attendees

WITH THE ACUTE CARE DOCUMENTATION (ACD) PROJECT – also known as e-chart – documenting patient flowsheets, assessments and notes by hand will soon be a thing of the past. To offer a sneak peek at the project, which will automate documentation through a software system called MetaVision, an educational fair was held Sept. 14 in the Bulfinch Tent.

The event featured 10 workstations staffed by members of the ACD team – including project clinical leaders, Information Systems analysts and physicians. At each workstation, caregivers were able to try out e-chart, ask questions of the ACD team members and provide them with feedback. Most of the estimated 300 attendees gave rave reviews of the new system, ranging from “I can hardly wait!” to “When do we start?”

The roll-out of e-chart at the MGH and BWH is scheduled to begin in spring 2012 on three pilot units, and the goal is to complete implementation by spring 2013. Preparation is ongoing for the training that will take place two to three weeks prior to the go-live date.

For more information about the ACD project, contact Ann McDermott, RN, at or Michele Cullen, RN, at

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