Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) recently implemented a Pediatric Electronic Data System (PEDS). After two years of in-house development, MCH launched its customized electronic medical record (EMR) system in April 2012 following the successful deployment of a virtual desktop infrastructure.
The PEDS system captures virtually all patient data, including care records (radiology, pharmacy, rehabilitation, outpatient, and inpatient) and registration and billing information, in a comprehensive system. To improve coordination of care, MCH also implemented several PEDS-related initiatives, such as electronic consent forms for patients and families, and information kiosks in key locations to improve workflow.
With PEDS, patients need only register once at the MCH main campus or any of the hospital's outpatient centers, a time- and cost-saving benefit to the hospital and a convenience for families, particularly when young patients must see multiple specialists and access varied MCH services.
Recognizing the rapid growth of mobile devices, smartphones, tablets, and laptops, MCH designed its EMR system to move data faster than the patient, so that pediatric patients, family members, and physicians can have real-time access to data from virtually any location, building a supportive and efficient healthcare ecosystem centered on the patient.