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by Cerner Corporation | Darinda Sutton | Amy Rosa
Published on April 23, 2019

In 2016, Cerner brought together a group of 12 clients, including community hospitals, academic medical centers and large health networks, to define the Essential Clinical Dataset (ECD). Darinda Sutton, vice president and chief nursing officer for Cerner Premier and Foundation, worked with this collaborative to define an ECD for industrywide use.

In a nutshell, the ECD defines the data elements that are essential for a nurse to document in the EHR when an adult patient is admitted. The ECD decreases documentation time and limits the number of intake questions to what is most necessary. It's EHR-agnostic and can be replicated across the industry to benefit the entire clinician community.

In this episode, Darinda talks to Amy Rosa, vice president and chief nursing information officer for Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida. Amy is a registered nurse with a doctorate in nursing practice and a master’s degree in medical informatics.

Amy answers these questions:

  • Why did Baptist Health want to participate in the ECD Collaborative?
  • What lessons did Baptist Health learn from implementing the ECD?
  • How has the ECD changed care team satisfaction and patient outcomes at Baptist Health?
  • What are the biggest benefits of the ECD?
  • How would an industrywide ECD impact health care overall?

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