Case Study: Lehigh Valley Health Network


LVHN LogoLehigh Valley Health Network had been a long-time user of EV™ in the emergency department (ED) and PEPID clinical decision support across their hospital. As a teaching facility that treats over 160,000 patients each year, having fast, easy access to emergency treatment protocols, dosing calculators and evidence-based guidelines was extremely important. However, as ED nurses and physicians had to launch EV and PEPID independently and toggle between the applications, they sought a more effective approach.

The Solution

Lehigh Valley upgraded their EV application to provide ED clinical staff with EV-PEPID integration. With this new integrated solution, ED nurses and physicians could access PEPID’s leading drug monographs, dosing calculators and medical calculators conveniently within EV documentation.

“EV has been a great asset to Lehigh Valley, and now it’s even better with PEPID,” said Richard MacKenzie, M.D., ED physician, Lehigh Valley senior vice chair of operations. “As a physician, patient safety is a high priority, and having clinical decision support within EV gives me that extra assurance.”

In the fast-paced environment of emergency medicine, having the information needed to confirm a dose, look up a disease or check for drug interactions is critical – and being able to find the information quickly and accurately is imperative. Eliminating the need to toggle between multiple applications creates both a time savings and streamlined workflow.

Providing advanced functionality to maximize ED clinical and operational effectiveness is of highest importance to T-System. The EV-PEPID integration was intended to further bolster the functionality of T-System’s leading EDIS solution.

“We are proud to offer the most complete emergency department resources available today,” said Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP, T-System vice president and chief medical information officer. “The extension of trusted, emergency-specific clinical decision support from PEPID streamlines workflow for Lehigh Valley’s award-winning ED.”

About Lehigh Valley Network

  • Three facilities located in eastern Pennsylvania
  • EDs: 165,000 APV with the only pediatric ED in the area
  • T-System customer since 2005