Lutheran Medical Center's Emergency Department Will Go Paperless With EmpowER®

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Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, recently advanced the technological state of its emergency department by installing a computerized emergency department information system (EDIS) in September 2005. The system, called EmpowER®, was designed by Chicago-based IT vendor ECDS (Emergency Care Documentation Systems) to electronically capture all patient information and enhance patient flow for better customer service in the ED.

Using EmpowER, doctors and nurses can access patient information at any time rather than having to search for a paper chart. A patient’s visit to the ED is electronically tracked, which speeds up triage and registration and not only eliminates paperwork but reduces the amount of time patients spend in the waiting room. The system also mandates risk management in the form of automatic prompts, which remind doctors and nurses of drug allergies or potential drug-to-drug interactions—helping to ensure that the maximum standard in patient safety is achieved. This is in sync with Lutheran Medical Center’s mission to consistently meet and exceed the needs of the neighbors they serve.

“EmpowER has helped to organized the doctors and nurses in their patient care,” says medical director Dr. Bonnie Simmons. “It has calmed down our very busy ED. We look more professional and our work environment is noticeably quieter. That even occurred on day one of the go-live!”

“EmpowER immediately gave us the means to provide a safer environment for our patients,” says nurse manager Diana Gazza, RN. The documentation system enables the clinicians to create a concise and legible record. The built-in risk management features provide clinical safeguards with the documentation of allergies, so if a clinician orders a drug or derivatives, a warning pops up. SAFETY—I love it!”

From the beginning, the Lutheran team was on board with ECDS’ “big bang” approach and we willing and excited to transition all users to EmpowER. ECDS is proud of this new partnership and looks forward to helping Lutheran Medical Center to further pursue its commitment to its patients and community.


Lutheran HealthCare, founded in 1883, has been serving its community for 122 years. As an acute general community hospital, Lutheran HealthCare endeavors to bring the benefits of scientific research and academic medicine to the people of southwest Brooklyn, and automating the patient charting practices in the emergency department is yet another step in this direction.


A Chicago-based healthcare IT vendor, Emergency Care Documentation Systems is a boutique company specializing in all aspects of emergency medicine documentation. EmpowER® is a user-friendly, comprehensive, best of breed EDIS that was designed by front-line clinicians and has a proven track record of interfacing. Funded solely by the increase in net revenues from the first two EmpowER® installation sites, EmpowER® was developed and designed by ED physicians and nurses with the support of experts in IT, risk management, government compliance, coding, billing, and more.


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