In 2005, SSM Health Care undertook an initiative to move all medical records from the traditional paper chart that had been used for hundreds of years, to an integrated electronic health record (EHR). This extensive transformation, now known as "Project Beacon", has a single focus – the patient. With the EHR, SSM Health Care will significantly improve the safety and quality of patient care while also enhancing the efficiency of our care delivery system. This clinical transformation process will stretch across nine years, reaching each of SSM Health Care’s 16 hospitals and hundreds of employed SSM physicians.
Project Beacon components include Epic Systems' Electronic Health Record (EHR) and GE's Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). The PACS system is now fully deployed throughout SSM Health Care.
Since 2008, the EHR has been introduced at nine hospitals across the SSM Health Care system and over 150 SSM physicians in the St. Louis area are now using the system in their offices.
Hospitals now using the EHR include:
- SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis, Mo.
- SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Mo.
- SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, Mo.
- SSM DePaul Health Center in St. Louis, Mo.
- SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, Mo.
- SSM St. Joseph Health Center-Wentzville in Wentzville, Mo.
- SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.
- St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis.
- St. Clare Hospital and Health Services in Baraboo, Wis.
The EHR is scheduled for rollout at SSM Health Care hospitals and physician practices in and around Oklahoma City, Okla. and Maryville, Mo. in late 2011 and early 2012 respectively. The entire SSM Health Care system will be working with the EHR by the end of 2013.