PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The task of managing patient
information, implementing a new clinical information system while at the same
time providing compassionate, top-notch patient care can be challenging. In
addition, there is patient and health care provider satisfaction to maintain.
These factors prompted Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA, to hire
Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc., as project manager for the
implementation of its Siemens' Soarian(R) clinical information system.
Holy Spirit is a 332-bed, full-service hospital located in Camp Hill,
Pennsylvania, serving communities in the greater Harrisburg area and South
With Soarian(R), Siemens' new generation health information solution, Holy
Spirit will develop a fully electronic medical record. Additionally, Holy
Spirit will integrate clinical, financial, diagnostic and administrative
processes to support patient-centered care.
"This state-of-the-art package of applications working in concert with
refined key business processes will expand Holy Spirit's clinical IT
capability, enable practitioners to evaluate and improve patient outcomes, and
enhance clinicians' abilities to provide excellent medical care to patients
and the community in a safe and efficient manner," said Sheri Stoltenberg,
chief executive officer of Stoltenberg Consulting.
Four months into the project she describes an environment of collegiality
and significant progress. The pharmacy component, featuring automated
medication administration, charting, verification, documentation and
crosschecks, is slated to "go live" this fall.
"Technology conversions are major events for an organization --
encompassing multiple years and millions of dollars -- in this case $9
million," said Edith Hunter, vice president and chief information officer at
Holy Spirit. "It's very ambitious and we wanted to do it right. It's a
system-wide effort with a steadfast focus on our vision of providing even
better patient outcomes by improving provider satisfaction, productivity and
quality of care."
"Stoltenberg Consulting has worked with us on other projects and has been
a trusted advisor. We sought this expertise for our first conversions,"
Stoltenberg consultants, who have clinical as well as technical knowledge,
are working on-site with Holy Spirit staff to gain their input into making the
system implementation relevant for the specific needs of Holy Spirit. In this
way, Soarian's advanced technology will improve staff workflow and make all
clinical information readily available to all care providers with electronic
prompts and safeguards.
"Our vision is for Stoltenberg to develop our staff strengths and
knowledge to enable us to be self-reliant for other near term conversions,"
A massive, system-wide communications campaign laid the groundwork for the
project's impact and significance. "Communication leads to buy-in which
fosters ownership and accountability. Accountability gives you return on your
investment," Hunter said.
"We had anticipated some push-back," Hunter stated. "Instead, we heard
almost a collective sigh of relief -- 'We are so ready for this!' -- system-
wide. It is great to see such seamless collegiality among consultants,
staff, administration, Board and providers working shoulder-to-shoulder."
Founded in 1995, Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc. creates an
environment for success in the healthcare industry, bridging the gap between
current and desired information technology capability. Stoltenberg Consulting
has grown rapidly to serve a client base of more than 80 healthcare
organizations throughout the United States. For additional information, visit
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