Successful Launch of Cerner OB Bundle at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

March 18, 2016 8:35 pm

Described as the “Project Genesis” for obstetrics, the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Birth Center team successfully launched the Cerner OB Bundle during the week of March 13. The new products integrate fetal heart data into the Cerner electronic medical record during antepartum visits, and throughout labor and delivery. Following delivery, mother data is available in the baby record patients, providing a higher level of safety to both mothers and babies.

“The integrated products could save a life,” said Mary Schubert, MSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC, C-EFM, Clinical Services Director Women and Children’s Services. The new system allows fetal monitoring and documentation of care from units outside of obstetrics. “If we have a patient who is high risk in Hauenstein 2, nurses in Labor and Delivery can see the fetal monitor data in real-time, saving a phone call and saving critical time for our babies.”

Linda Harrison, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, who was instrumental in the launch, wrote an email to colleagues, thanking them for their hard work and positive attitudes:

“I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation for all of you and your work efforts related to the Cerner OB Bundle implementation. The coordination of activities over the past nine months was evident in the very successful activation we experienced this week in the midst of high census and high acuity throughout the department. In projects as large as this, we frequently find ‘surprises’ once the software is activated. This activation was not an exception; however the speed and extent to which issues were addressed over the course of this week was exemplary – truly an indicator of our culture and commitment to quality and patient safety!”

Schubert echoed Harrison’s sentiments, saying, “This was really an organization-wide effort, an amazing team effort. We engaged colleagues across all disciplines and everyone just pulled together to make this happen.”

Congratulations on a successful launch!


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