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Seton Healthcare Family uses the CERNER product for our Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and has been using it in various stages across our Network since 2005

COMPASS is a key component of Seton's mission to provide Healthcare that Works, Healthcare that is Safe, and Healthcare that Leaves No One Behind. With it, we can:

  • Dramatically reduce adverse drug events
  • Improve our efficiencies in delivering patient care
  • Access real-time data and patient charts from hospital, home, medical office or anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Embed decision support and integrated reference materials to help provide optimal care

COMPASS is a suite of clinical foundation software, with specialized applications for different departments:

Charge Services Charge Capture
COMPASS Scheduling Network Scheduling System
FirstNet Emergency Department
Iview Nursing Documentation
Message Center Medical Records Management
PharmNet Pharmacy and Meds Administration
PowerChart General Medicine
PowerNote/PowerNote ED Provider Documentation
SurgiNet Surgical Services

Why do I have to use COMPASS?

COMPASS will improve patient safety, increase Joint Commission and HIPAA compliance, standardize the delivery of care, improve patient outcomes, reduce medication errors, augment communication among departments, improve the financial accuracy of charge capture and (once past the initial learning curve) save time for caregivers through reduced paperwork. By connecting all of our clinicians to a single computer system, we can provide the best patient care possible and position ourselves to take advantage of all that is available in healthcare technology today.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the "Stimulus" or ARRA, includes Medicare and Medicaid incentives to encourage use of electronic health records in hospitals and physician practices. These incentive payments will begin in 2011 for qualifying hospitals. Hospitals and physician offices which fail to meet the government standards by 2015 will be penalized by lower reimbursement rates for each year forward.

How can I get help with COMPASS?

If you have an immediate technical need which is impacting your patient care, please call the Ascension ServiceDesk at extension 4-1675. . After the recorded message, you can hit 7 (which is the clinician shortcut.) For additional assistance contact the COMPASS site coordinator.

What do I do if COMPASS is offline?

At Seton Hospitals, clinicians can access electronic patient data through a system called 724 Access Viewer. The unit manager, charge nurse, or hospital supervisor will issue the unique login for each downtime event. There is one computer located on each patient care unit and should be plugged into a red electrical outlet. These hospitals will revert to existing downtime procedures for retrieving diagnostic results, order placement, and documentation.

724Access Viewer provides 7x24 historical access to all clinical data currently available in COMPASS when the network experiences a planned or unplanned downtime event. The data provided in 724Access Viewer is typically less than two minutes older than the data found in COMPASS. You can retrieve data as far back as 30 days. Click here for the User's Guide.

What sites use COMPASS?

As of 2015, nine sites, UMCB, SMCW, SMCH, SEBD, SHL, DCMC, SMCA, SNW & SSW, are fully implemented with EMR to include Computer Provider Order Entry (CPOE) and Provider Documentation (PowerNote) following a specialty-specific roll-out.