By Neil Versel, Contributing Writer
By creating a master data warehouse and longitudinal patient record, Memorial Health System has the pieces in place to improve patient care and cut costs using analytics.
Across its four hospitals, 15 outpatient clinics, and a homehealth service, Springfield, IL-based Memorial Health System leverages EHRs from four different vendors. Its hospitals are all within about 30 miles of the capital city of Illinois, so patients often visit multiple locations, and sometimes their names are listed differently in each facility.
“I may be Tom Janssen here in Springfield, but I may be listed as Thomas Janssen up in our Lincoln (IL) facility,” says Thomas Janssen, Memorial’s manager of business intelligence and enterprise data warehousing. “One of our outpatient clinics may even have a record of me from my younger days registered as Tommy Janssen.”