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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Since coming to Indian River Medical Center almost 20 years ago as a staff nurse, Tonja Tory described her time so far as a journey.
Her journey has encompassed many roles: charge nurse, case manager, nurse manager, clinical nurse liaison and most recently, manager of clinical informatics.
She has now taken on the role of director of applications and informatics. Her journey now includes overseeing the development of Paragon and the much-anticipated computerized provider order entry launch, as well as being responsible for planning and coordinating the processes required to provide user applications and systems necessary for clinical and business operations.
By May 2013, orders will be entered electronically by physicians using a system that uses clinical guidelines, order sets with links to peer-reviewed evidence, safety/quality alerts and special calculators, such as the insulin sliding scale, to automate the ordering process.
Paragon culminates ultimately on Oct. 1, when IRMC demonstrates that it successfully qualifies for meaningful use.
The hospital must qualify for MU in order to receive partial reimbursement from the government. Paragon will provide a single database platform of most all hospital-based systems for all departments.
"I believe that IRMC has the opportunity to transform healthcare and make improvements to patient safety by leveraging information technology to improve efficiency, accuracy, and the effectiveness of what we do here at IRMC," said Ms. Tory.
Ms. Tory has spent most of her nursing career at IRMC, coming here after working two years as a traveling nurse. She began her career at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C., working as a nurse on the neurology unit.
She is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in nursing at Indian River State College. She received her associate of science degree at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Concord, N.C.