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In This Issue

Provider CPOM and Clinical Information Technologies Meetings


CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center 

1st Tuesday of the month

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Private Dining room

Contact Linda Catzoela, Clinical Informaticist for more details 210.705.6477


CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels

1st and 3rd Mondays

Cafeteria Conference Room

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Contact Ric Ramirez, Clinical Informaticist for more details 830.606.2177


CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital  - Westover Hills

3rd Tuesday of the month

Conference Room E

7:00 to 8:00 a.m.

Contact Martha Delgado, Clinical Informaticist for more details


MUSE EKG Images in MT (post order/read/sign)
ECG/EKG tracings are now available in MEDITECH.  Once the ECG/EKG interpretation has been signed by the interpreting provider, the tracing is available for viewing within MEDITECH


To view the tracing click on the camera icon.  ECG/EKG reports are located under the Other Reports menu item.

Mobile Assessment Team (MAT) 
Women's Services Go-Live Successful

Women's Services at New Braunfels and Westover Hills are now live on CPOM.
CPOM Tip of the Month
The options in CPOM for ordering blood cultures have been minimized to two orders:  Culture Blood PERIPH wRflx Sens, and Culture Blood LINE wRflx Sens.  The ordering process is different for each option.
Blood Culture Ordering Process Non-ED Click Here
Blood Culture Ordering Process ED Click Here
July 2013

This newsletter contains current updates and information specific to Information Management, Clinical Information Technology, and Informatics issues which affect our providers, and will serve to keep our physician community updated on ongoing developments in our high-tech health information environment.
Dr. George Gellert

George Gellert, MD, MPH, MPA

Regional Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Message from the Regional CMIO

As part of our efforts to ensure strong physician engagement and effective communication around clinical information technologies, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa (CSR) Health Informatics has recruited physician leaders at each CSR adult facility to serve as that facility's Health Informatics Physician Liaison.  


These physicians chair the recurring Provider CPOM and Clinical Technology Issues meeting at their facility and help to deepen the communication lines between the physician community, Health Informatics, and regional administrative leadership. Physicians can share all concerns and recommendations about clinical information technologies with these colleagues, who work closely with Lilliana Saucedo and me.


Physician Informatics Liaisons at our CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospitals: 


CSRH-Medical Center: Michael Barnett, MD, Tel. 615.719.5541

CSRH-New Braunfels: Emily Briggs, MD, Tel. 210.220.8534  

CSRH-Westover Hills: Patrick Nguyen, MD, Tel. 210.219.6893


Regular meetings with Health Informatics and Information Management are open to all physicians, nurses and other associates who wish to report concerns or make recommendations about clinical information technologies such as CPOM.  Leadership from Informatics, IM and the facility attend to help address issues raised.

Dr. Vanessa Hill Joins CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Informatics Team
Vanessa Hill, MD
Dr. Vanessa Hill

Vanessa L. Hill, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Children's Hospital of San Antonio and Baylor College of Medicine, will serve as Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Children's Hospital of San Antonio (CHofSA). Dr. Hill received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed a pediatric residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Hill's interest in informatics comes from her training in quality improvement and desire to improve processes and streamline workflow.  As an academic pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Hill has an interest in pediatric respiratory diseases and has developed a number of protocols and order sets focusing on best practices and reducing unnecessary therapies in the hospital setting.


While retaining her role as a CHofSA hospitalist, Dr. Hill will work within the regional informatics' existing team of Dr. George Gellert (CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System Regional CMIO), Lilliana Saucedo (Regional Director of Health Informatics), Karen Robey and Linda Duelm (Clinical Informaticists) as CHofSA joins regional facilities in adopting Computerized Patient Order Management (CPOM) in early 2014, and subsequently the launch of other clinical information technologies including Physician Documentation.

MEDITECH 5.66 Upgrade 

Despite unforeseen software complexities involving a delay to our prior projected timeline, we are delighted to announce that the MEDITECH 5.66 upgrade date has been set for January 14, 2014.  

The upgrade will incorporate many recommendations from clinical users nationwide who participated in the MEDITECH Click Reduction Initiative, eliminating many unnecessary clicks and pop-up windows, and delivering long-awaited functionality enhancements to improve user experience.


Read on
e-Prescribe is now 
available at Medical Center, New Braunfels, and Westover Hills Hospitals

MEDITECH e-Prescribe allows a provider the option of electronically transmiting non-controlled substance prescriptions to participating pharmacies.   


Benefits of e-Prescribe:

  • Improved safety and quality of care through:
    • Clear and legible electronic prescriptions
    • Reduced oral communication
    • Warning and alert systems
  • Up-to-date medication and prescription history 
  • Increased patient convenience and compliance
  • Cost savings to the patient through improved formulary adherence
  • Reduced provider and nurse time on the phone with pharmacies

Please note: e-Prescribe will not be implemented in the Emergency Departments at this time.

Click here for ePrescribe FAQs.
To sign-up for ePrescribe, complete this form and scan or fax to 

Kristin Ruvalcaba, Application Analyst, CHRISTUS Health Information Management, phone 210-703-9154, fax 800-899-2903, Email

For additional information, go to 

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Edited and Produced by: 
Jann Harrison, RN, MSN, Director of Medical Education
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System