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MEDITECH Provides Decision Support and Guidance for Coronavirus

Workflow documents have been created to ensure that care teams have the proper coronavirus screening procedures in place.

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The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV) has now been named a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization. MEDITECH's EHR can support your organization in the screening, early detection, and management of patients potentially infected with coronavirus.

MEDITECH has developed workflow documents to ensure your care teams have the proper procedures in place for effective coronavirus screening based on current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and WHO. Regardless of the arrival setting — inpatient, ED, or practice — site-defined queries can be presented wherever a patient is seen, prompting healthcare professionals to capture a patient’s symptoms and travel history. This documentation provides clinical decision support, which includes guidance on how to build and implement a series of queries, connect those queries to questionnaires, and create logic that can be used to alert and notify appropriate staff.

Several healthcare organizations have already adopted MEDITECH’s EHR screening protocols, including Northwestern Medical Center (St. Albans, VT). Commenting on the flexibility of the EHR’s screening tools, ED Medical Director Louis Dandurand, MD, remarked, “Expanse is remarkable in the way that our staff was quickly able to make changes to our typical intake and triage process, and create an integrated screening process that is in line with the latest CDC recommendations in this rapidly evolving epidemic.”

MEDITECH strongly advises healthcare providers to review and follow either CDC or WHO guidance to create processes and protocols for proper coronavirus management. Please continue to monitor the CDC and/or WHO websites for updated guidelines and verbiage.

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