Grand Rapids, MI – November 16, 2011 NAP member, Michelle Troseth, MSN, RN, DPNAP hosted a site visit of state legislatures and private partners to see firsthand the impact of a culture and professional practice framework and technology at the point of care and quality outcomes.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has a committee through the NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures Partners Project for Transforming Health Care Through Technology (see http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=22228 for more information). The committee is co-chaired by Senator Richard Moore, Massachusetts and Representative David Clark, Utah – with steering committee members from state legislatures and private partners. The NCSL Legislative Summit was held in San Antonio, TX August 8-11 where the committee had a face-to-face meeting as well as went on a site visit showcasing Elsevier’s CPM Framework™ and Models with an electronic health record. University Health System (UHS) uses CPM as part of their clinical documentation to provide evidence-based care planning and clinical care coordination as well as support their Magnet Recognition.
The NCSL Committee members were welcomed by UHS Executive Leaders including George Hernandez Jr, President; Bill Phillips, VP/Chief Information Officer; and Nancy Ray, VP/Chief Nursing Officer. The focus of the meeting was to share information about UHS – as well as their technology and practice transformation journey. From there the committee split up into 3 groups, touring a Surgical Intensive Care Unit, a Transplant Unit, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where bedside nurses showed their electronic health record and spoke to the benefits of having evidence-based guidelines at their finger tips as well as plan and document individualized care for each patient and family.
It is very important to educate those serving in healthcare policy roles as to the significance of not only health information technology, but also the significance of clinical decision support infrastructures and content, interdisciplinary coordination, and cultures that support patient-centered meaningful care. The NCSL committee focused on learning more about health information technology as a transformational tool and was extremely pleased with the visit – to read more about it please
read the NCSL Press Release at http://www.ncsl.org/PressRoom/HITTour/tabid/23418/Default.aspx. The visit concluded with a photo on the UHS helipad in very HOT weather!