Electronic Medical Records
Banner Health is a nationally recognized leader in the use of electronic medical records to make patient care safer and more efficient.
We are the only health system in the metro Phoenix area to integrate an enhanced suite of electronic medical records and computerized provider order entry system to serve our patients.
Banner is also in a select group of systems in the nation to claim such an accomplishment.
While less than five percent of U.S. hospitals have adopted computerized provider order entry systems, Banner Estrella Medical Center and Banner Gateway Medical Center were built as "paperless'' hospitals.
At each facility, physicians write patient orders into computer systems; nurses follow patient care via computer. Both hospitals have been recognized as pioneers in the use of electronic medical records.
Throughout the Banner Health, hospitals are being equipped with similar computer systems with the goal of each Banner facility having these capabilities by early 2013. As of Aug. 20, 2012, 21 of our facilities are equipped.
Advantages of electronic medical records include:
- Patient Information at the point of decision making by using integrated electronic medical records that contains lab results, doctors’ and nurses’ notes, charting and medical images
- Novel uses targeted to specific diseases and disorders such as sepsis and radiation risk. Through EMR documentation and monitoring we can help prevent delirium and confusion in our ICU patients. Clinicians can recognize risk factors, assess, better diagnose and manage patients with delirium, decreasing mortality rates, length of stay and leading to a better quality of life for our patients following discharge.
- Less paper chaos/Faster results: Electronic orders are
transmitted instantaneously for action instead of being put
into a stack of orders waiting to be entered. That means
lab tests can be scheduled more quickly and results delivered
more promptly. It also will reduce the time spent
searching for a chart since records can be easily accessed
- Less handwriting: Instead of writing (sometimes
hard-to-read) handwritten orders, physicians enter their
orders into computers stationed throughout the care units
or into portable workstations.
- Interaction with clinical alerts: The system can be linked to clinical alerts that can sound if an order goes against evidence-based practices.
- Remote access: Physicians can log in from outside the hospital to check reports, review charts and place orders.