YKHC launched it’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) on January 28, 2013. RAVEN stands for Records And Verification Electronic Network; the name was chosen by Robert Pitka from the Marshall clinic.
More than 100 employees in 32 teams worked with Cerner to create the RAVEN system for the hospital, SRCs, and clinics. Over 13,000 hours of time have been invested to train upwards of 900 YKHC employees since the initiative began.
RAVEN is an electronic version of patient medical history, making all critical information about a patient immediately available to providers. What does this mean for our patients? One of the most visible differences see is computers in every exam room. Health Aides and Providers alike fill out new electronic forms instead of Patient Examination Forms (or PEFs).
EHR implementations for other similar sized health care organizations have successfully allowed for critical health information to be available to patients and providers to reduce medical errors. We are seeing RAVEN improve patient safety and patient care at YKHC. Implementing RAVEN means that YKHC will continue to receive Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, which will improve financial viability for the organization and provide a lasting impact to the local economy.