Friday, September 9, 2011

ACD Fair offers glimpse into future of patient care delivery

THE LAUNCH OF acute care documentation (ACD), an electronic system for assessments, notes and flow sheet data that will streamline and enhance patient care delivery, is quickly approaching. Pilot testing, or user acceptance testing, is scheduled to begin in early 2012 on the Ellison 4 Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the Ellison 9 Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and White 9 General Medicine. The current goal is for ACD – which is known interchangeably as e-chart or MetaVision – is to be fully implemented by spring 2013. For a first-hand look at this new system as well as its training process, all staff who provide patient care are invited to attend the ACD Fair on Sept. 14 from 11 am to 4 pm in the Bulfinch Tent.

“Educating and training staff on how to successfully use the system has been given much thought and careful planning over many months,” says Gino Chisari, RN, DNP, director of the Norman Knight Center for Clinical and Professional Development. “We have collaborated to design a curriculum tailored to physicians, nurses and all of our health care professions colleagues, while remaining time efficient and free of redundancies.”

“The goal is to create a learning environment that fosters proficiency in using the system in a stress-free and well-supported setting,” adds Pat Grella, RN, MHA, clinical leader within the ACD project. “Next week’s fair is the first step in the overall learning process and will be a great opportunity for staff to preview this exciting new system.

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