St. Elizabeth Healthcare has converted its current paper-based medical record system to the Epic electronic medical record system, a move that is part of the company’s efforts to implement a unified electronic health record for all patients in the St. Elizabeth system. The conversion enables medical information to be immediately accessible to caregivers, which in turn should improve coordination of care and patient safety. “We are not the first system to implement Epic, but the first in the area to standardize our electronic records in multiple physician offices, offsite locations, and our hospitals,” said St. Elizabeth Chief Information Officer Alex Rodriguez. “The objective of the implementation of Epic is not to standardize care, but ultimately to improve the standard of care.” St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates six healthcare facilities in Northern Kentucky and employs more than 6,000 workers.
Delta Air Lines has reinstated nonstop air service between the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and San Antonio, Texas. The flights were discontinued last May. The airline is utilizing the 70-seat CR-7 jet aircraft for the Cincinnati – San Antonio route.
Statistics released by the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Tri-ED) show that new and expanding companies in Northern Kentucky accounted for 2,760 new jobs within the Cincinnati metropolitan statistical area (MSA). A report compiled by Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Economic Analysis indicates that in addition to new job creation, new and expanding businesses in Northern Kentucky invested more than $63.9 million in land, buildings and equipment in 2009.