Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group in Step with Federal Health Initiative

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Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group introduces SigmaCare Mobile Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for Long Term Care, a cutting-edge technology that enhances quality of care and patient safety. SigmaCare EMR allows centers to document and access vital patient information at any time, anywhere, using a computer or hand-held mobile device.

Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group introduces Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for Long Term Care.

Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group introduces SigmaCare Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for Long Term Care.

An EMR allows healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care by keeping records immediately up-to-date, accurate and easily accessible.

Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group, a leading provider of senior services in Massachusetts for over 60 years, has introduced cutting-edge technology to enhance quality of care and patient safety at several Welch Group rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers. Hancock Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Quincy along with Colonial Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Weymouth and Harbor House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Hingham has implemented SigmaCare® Mobile Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for Long Term Care. The SigmaCare® EMR allows centers to document and access vital patient information anywhere, at any time, using a computer or hand-held mobile device.

The Welch Group’s implementation of this real-time, point-of-care technology supports healthcare initiatives at the federal level that call for the creation of a national health information technology infrastructure to increase efficiencies, improve patient safety and enhance quality of care. “An EMR allows healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care by keeping records immediately up-to-date, accurate and easily accessible,” says Michael Welch, vice president, Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group. The SigmaCare software also alerts providers of possible adverse drug effects for any given patient and offers a comprehensive drug reference guide.

With EMR, healthcare providers can:

  •     Ensure continuity of care by improving coordination and communication among physicians, nurses and other caregivers.
  •     Document and access information such as vital signs, blood sugar levels, allergies, medication orders, progress notes and hospital discharge summaries at the point of care and in real time.
  •     Keep all of the patient’s up-to-the-minute medical information in one, secure location, accessible only to appropriate medical providers.
  •     Reduce the occurrence of re-hospitalization.

According to Vice-President of Nursing Services and Chief Nursing Officer for South Shore Hospital Tim Quigley, RN, systems such as the SigmaCare® EMR enhance the partnership between healthcare organizations. “At South Shore Hospital we believe completely in working with progressive post-acute providers, such as Welch Group, to improve the quality of the care for patients that we share and to help avoid or minimize costly re-hospitalizations.”

Charles M. Rippberger, MD, Hancock Park Medical Director since 1996 and Chief of Medicine and Medical Director of Geriatrics at Quincy Medical Center, endorses wholeheartedly the use of the technology. “Most useful from a physician’s point of view is the ready availability of notes from nursing and other support services, as well as vital signs and weights. The SigmaCare system blends seamlessly with the electronic medical records system I already use, which allows me to upload my notes with a few keystrokes,” says Rippberger.

About Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group:
Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group, a family-owned senior services company, has been a leading provider of senior housing options for over 60 years including rehabilitation, skilled nursing and memory care, independent living, assisted living and home care services. For more information contact Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group online at: http://www.welchhrg.com.

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