The Emergency Room Companion (ERC) is a chart management system for emergency room physicians.
How It Works
ERC provides an administrator with sixty "templates", e.g., "congestive heart failure" and "motor vehicle accident". Some items, like the latter, also include "major" and "minor" subclasses.
The administrator edits these templates, which are plain text files, to suit their department's needs. These templates assure patients standardized care.
Other Benefits
Legible multipart charts printed on a dot matrix printer
View histories without calling the medical records department
Transmit copies of the chart to all the attendings
Extremely detailed charts with minimal effort
For emergency rooms which bill on fee-for-service, ERC offers an additional benefit. Typically, ER receivables rise 25-30% using ERC, because ERC helps physicians produce legible, complete charts. These charts become even more valuable when recording deaths or unusual circumstances.
ERC charts are better because a chart cannot be printed until all procedures have been performed and recorded.