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April 23, 2014

TRMC computer system upgrade ‘monumental’

TIFTON — On April 28, Tift Regional Health System will go live with a new computer system at Tift Regional Medical Center, the TRMC West Campus and Cook Medical Center, which hospital officials say in the long term will help improve efficiency and enhance patient care. There will be a period of transition which may slow work flow, and TRHS is asking for patience.

“To better connect our physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians and support staff, we are upgrading to an innovative information technology system called Paragon, and the change is a monumental enterprise,” said Guy McAllister, TRHS vice president and chief information officer.  “During the first couple of weeks of implementation, processes at our facilities may take a little more time as we convert to the new system.  We liken it to a construction project when we have to ask our patients and visitors to pardon our dust as we grow to better serve them.”

McAllister said that Paragon, McKesson's flagship hospital information system, places all TRHS clinical and financial data operations onto one platform. “We are committed to innovation, and Paragon will allow us enhanced access to patient information and will result in better coordination and improved patient safety,” said McAllister.   He added that Paragon will help TRHS use information technology more strategically for greater connectivity.

“We have been preparing for this system conversion for a few years now,” said McAllister. “Paragon is designed for the environment of today with the adaptability to accommodate the challenges of the future. It will enable us to provide enhanced patient care while staying current with the complex and changing regulatory environment.”

What does this mean for patients?  “Paragon will improve the coordination between our providers, leading to greater patient flow,” said McAllister.  “In the long term, it will help reduce the time required to create and document patient care encounters.  It will also improve medication safety, increase access to patient information for physicians and streamline the management and entry of results for nursing and therapeutic services. We are excited about this positive change, and thank our forward-thinking board of trustees for enabling this important upgrade.”

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