WellSpan Health adopts EHR system to automate discharges at two more facilities

To make the patient discharging process smoother and faster, WellSpan Health, a York, Pennsylvania-based integrated healthcare system, is adopting new technology from Ensocare in two of its facilities.

Manufactured by Ensocare, a care coordination provider in Omaha, Nebraska, the software integrates with and consolidates existing electronic health record (EHR) platforms to foster patient compliance and operational efficiencies while improving the patient experience.

WellSpan has already implemented the software in three of its facilities at WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital and WellSpan York Hospital, both in York, and at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the health system announced in a statement.

WellSpan will add the software to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital in Ephrata, Pennsylvania and WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania in early 2017. They will be switching from a manual patient discharge process to Ensocare’s automated system.

The expansion will take the health system one step closer to consolidating its various electronic health record systems into a single platform for all of its facilities.

“The data sharing that’s necessary to ensure continuity of care requires interoperability,” said Luis Castillo, president and CEO of Ensocare, in a statement. “Using the foundational base of the EMR investment, hospitals can integrate the next layer of technology designed specifically to improve care.”

The health system expects to handle nearly 50,000 annual discharges as part of the expansion and save employees time now that they don’t have to manually complete paperwork to discharge patients.

“Connecting the Ensocare technology solution allows WellSpan to facilitate efficient and effective information sharing across its system and earn a spot among most wired hospitals,” Castillo said. “Ensocare’s unique technology solution streamlines the discharge and referral process to transition patients effectively to the next level of care.”