Atlanta’s Grady Health System has implemented the Glytec eGlycemic Management System®, a personalized diabetes therapy management solution seamlessly integrated with the Epic EMR. Glytec’s eGMS® is currently deployed across all critical care areas — each assigned an interdisciplinary team of pharmacy, medical and nursing staff to provide localized glycemic governance.
Integration with Epic EMR
eGMS integration with Epic’s EMR will allow users direct access from a patient’s chart without the need for a separate login. Included in eGMS® are modules for personalized insulin dosing (Glucommander™), blood glucose check alerts (GlucoView®), and robust analytics (GlucoMetrics®). Also included is a module, GlucoSurveillance®, which the hospital relies on for rapid identification of patients in need of insulin therapy. GlucoSurveillance® interfaces with Grady’s laboratory information system to perform continuous real-time surveillance of blood glucose values, flagging patients who meet pre-defined criteria for persistent hyperglycemia.
Additionally, Glytec is poised to enhance its research partnership with Grady’s Clinical Research Network. “We are truly honored to work with Dr. Umpierrez and excited to embark on multiple new studies that further examine the quality, safety and financial implications of glycemic management,” said Raymie McFarland, Vice President Quality Initiatives at Glytec.
tudies conducted by Emory School of Medicine Professor and Grady Chief of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Dr. Guillermo Umpierrez, show that by using eGMS®, physicians are able to significantly lower the rate of hypoglycemia (GLUCO-CABG Trial,* Diabetes Care 2015). In addition, studies show that intensive glucose control leads to decreased resource utilization and hospitalization costs.
“Our rate of hypoglycemia among critically ill patients was not at a level we were comfortable with,” said Dr. Robert Jansen, Grady’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Staff. “As we worked to improve our care model, the clinical research conducted by Dr. Umpierrez using the Glytec system showed that the system has real merit. We were unanimous in our decision to use eGMS®.”