Duke Regional launches new electronic medical record

136710c_galbraith_katie_hirezBy Katie Galbraith, interim president

On Saturday, March 1, Duke Regional Hospital will launch a new electronic medical record technology. Called Maestro Care, the state-of-the-art technology will mean “one record, one patient, one system.”

Maestro Care will replace more than 100 clinical information systems and create a single electronic medical record of patients’ personal health and healthcare history within Duke Medicine. The secure record can be accessed by patients’ care teams at Duke Regional and anywhere within Duke Medicine as well as by affiliated and referring physicians. That means better coordination, faster communication and enhanced safety for patients.

The new system also provides patients a better way to access their health information. Duke MyChart allows secure online access to request prescription refills, send private messages to a patient’s physicians, view test results quickly and receive easy-to-read billing statements.

This is a significant and exciting step for our hospital, our patients and the community. For more than 37 years, our team at Duke Regional has promised to provide the highest quality care to our community. Launching Maestro Care will help us deliver on that promise—today and for many years to come.

The launch of Maestro Care at Duke Regional is the final step in Duke Medicine’s phased transition to a single, comprehensive electronic medical record technology. Learn more about the new system at dukeregional.org/maestrocare.

Love Yourself More Than the Salt Shaker

February is American Heart Month. The American Heart Association recommends foods with little or no salt to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Aim to eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. As you take steps to reduce sodium, you’ll actually start to appreciate foods for their true flavor. In time, you’ll look forward to how food really tastes – not just the salty flavor.

Here are tips from the American Heart Association for reducing sodium in your diet.
  • Read the Nutrition Facts label to compare and find foods lower in sodium. You’ll be surprised to find that even foods in the same category have different amounts of sodium!
  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, when possible.
  • Limit the amount of processed foods you eat and your portion size.
  • Avoid adding salt when cooking and/or eating.
  • Learn to use spices and herbs to enhance the taste of your food. Most spices naturally contain very small amounts of sodium, but read the label to be sure.
  • Add fresh lemon juice instead of salt to fish and vegetables.
  • Specify how you want your food prepared when dining out. Ask for your dish to be prepared without salt.
  • Take control of what’s in your food by cooking more at home.
  • Choose foods with potassium. They counter the effects of sodium and may help lower your blood pressure.

This content was provided by the American Heart Association, whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Hip Fracture Program Receives Joint Commission Certification

After a rigorous on-site review in January, our Hip Fracture Program has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®. During this review, a Joint Commission expert evaluated Duke Regional for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Our Hip Fracture Program was created to enhance the care of hip fracture patients. The goal of the program is for patients to have surgery 24–48 hours after arriving in the Emergency Department so recovery can begin quickly.

The program is a combined effort between the Emergency Department physicians and staff, anesthesiologists, orthopaedic trauma surgeons, hospitalists, physical therapists, and more. Each group works together to ensure our patients experience as little pain as possible before and after surgery and leave knowing how to prevent future falls and keep their recoveries on track.

Visit dukeregional.org/hipfracture to learn more about our Hip Fracture Program.

See What Hands Can Do

Sudden cardiac arrest, a condition that causes the heart to suddenly and unexpectedly stop beating, is a leading cause of death in the United States. Blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs and usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes.

The Facts:

  • Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States (more than 1,000 per day)
  • 89 percent of people in the United States who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate bystander CPR
  • 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen at home
  •  Without CPR from a bystander, a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest decreases 7 percent to 10 percent per minute

Watch this video from the American Heart Association to see what your hands can do.