Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has made changes to its electronic health-record system, a hospital spokesman confirmed Monday. The announcement comes two days after the hospital's parent system rescinded a previous statement that an issue in its EHR system caused the hospital to release an Ebola patient the first time he came to its emergency department in late September.
The hospital system has changed its EHR software to move a question concerning travel history earlier in the process of inputting patient data for both nurses and doctors. The change was done quickly, though the spokesman could not confirm whether additional help from its vendor, Epic Systems Corp., was necessary.
Additionally, the hospital is conducting an analysis of all of its processes including information technology, the spokesman said.
The hospital is a part of the Texas Health Resources system, which has held itself out as a leader in successfully adopting EHRs.
Last year, Texas Health Resources won the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2013 Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes “outstanding achievement in the implementation and value from health information technology, specifically EHRs,” the group's website states.