Five in five: What you need to know about CST this week

Oct 11, 2018 | News

We answer five common questions about the Clinical and Systems Transformation (CST) project in five minutes or less.

1. What’s the latest CST news?

At 5.30 a.m. on Sept. 27, Pemberton Health Centre went live with CST, making it the first rural site within VCH to move to an electronic patient record and computerized provider order entry. Whistler Health Care Centre switched over to the new system a few days later on Oct. 1. The Pemberton and Whistler activations mean that the McKesson legacy system at Coastal is nearing an end.

2. How are things going at Lions Gate Hospital and Squamish General Hospital?

It’s been over five months since the launch of CST at Lions Gate Hospital and Squamish General Hospital – the first acute care sites to start using the new Cerner clinical information system. The adoption rate for computerized provider order entry continues to track in the 90 to 95% range, which is a key indicator of successful adoption.

3. What sites are next to ‘go live’ with CST?

BC Cancer is up next, with Providence Health Care (PHC) sites and Vancouver Coastal Health’s (VCH) Vancouver Acute sites to follow. BC Cancer’s target go-live date is early 2019, starting with Abbotsford and Prince George sites, and concluding with Vancouver.

4. What’s happening at BC Cancer?

About half of the overall oncology plans and regimens have been tested and approved. The remaining design, build, validation and testing work is expected to continue into late 2018. In the meantime, BC Cancer pharmacists in all centres have begun using newly installed Omnicell Controlled Substance Manager cabinets as their new medication storage device for dispensing, tracking and safekeeping – an integral part of closed loop medication management.

5. How will PHC and VCH-Vancouver Acute implement CST?

PHC and VCH-Vancouver Acute have formally joined forces to bring CST across the finish line at two of the largest and most complex facilities in the CST project’s scope: St. Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. Although PHC will start using the new system before Vancouver Acute, the two groups will be approaching CST implementation as one project, taking a collaborative approach to staff and physician engagement and training, workflow planning, IT assessments, clinical and provider support before, during and after go‐live, and more.

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