Quote from Vespertinas
I have used PowerChart, Epic, Citrix, TDS and Meditech... and paper charting of course.
Of these, Meditech is THE WORST! (actually TDS was but thankfully the facility quickly changed over to EPIC after I arrived) The facility I am in is still using Meditech 5.3(something like that) and its inadequacies are so frustrating. We've been promised 6.0 for some time but the date keeps getting pushed back.
Among my complaints:
This DOS-based format is absurd
You have to close everything you're doing to look up something else
It's difficult to track past orders, therefore we still do half-half paper orders
It's impossible to view data trends
Have any of you worked with this particular EMR?
First, my disclaimer...Meditech is the only health care information system (HCIS) that I'm familiar with.
However, I don't find it as bad as you have described. My hospital is using version 5.64. As for tracking orders, I find the audit trails to be very good. One place to start is simply "Order History" in the EMR. There are other, more detailed audit trails.
As for trending data, if you mean blood sugars, temps, BPs, etc, there is graphing capability in the EMR. Standard and custom reports can capture data also.
A very important consideration; Is that if a hospital's administration does not commit the resources to the set up, the go LIVE, the training, and ongoing support, the end user's experience will suffer.
Also, I have some Meditech colleagues who are now learning, implementing and supporting Epic installations. The small sample of anecdotal Meditech vs Epic stuff I'm hearing is Epic is better for the end user, but as for ongoing maintenance, Meditech is better.
Anyway, that is my two cents worth.