Project One Unites Health System

In early 2018, Northwestern Medicine will launch Project One, a bold initiative to create a unified electronic health record (EHR) platform across the entire health system. Currently integrating data from myriad clinical, research and educational entities to form a greater whole, Project One continues to be more than just a technological tool. From averting falls to identifying risk for sepsis, Project One is already having a direct impact on patient care by helping clinicians across the health system adopt “best of the best” practices systems-wide. Clinical collaboratives — multidisciplinary teams focused on quality improvement and safety — have played a starring role in developing standardized protocols for Northwestern Medicine’s Epic-based EHR system. “Collaboratives bring together clinicians from all our different sites to share successes and challenges on a variety of clinical situations,” says David Cooke, MD, vice president of quality for Northwestern Medicine HealthCare. “From these discussions, we form multidisciplinary teams to implement best practices.” Of the 30 clinical collaborative projects currently underway, half have focused on Project One. They’re accelerating collaboration and providing critical content for the unified Epic system. From the downtown Chicago medical center to west and north suburban locations, these teams are recommending the essential “mouse clicks” in the electronic record that will ultimately direct patient care throughout Northwestern Medicine. PREVENTING FALLS Accidental stumbles never feel good, but a fall could be devastating for the...

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