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2013-04-12 – Cherry County Moving to the Future with Computerized Medical Records

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In an effort to improve quality and safety for their patients, Cherry County Hospital and Cherry County Clinic are taking the next step with their electronic records computer program, Patient Care System: Nursing and Therapies Documentation. This means that Nursing, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy and Dietary will no longer have paper charts but will be doing their ‘charting’ on the computer. The “Go Live” date for conversion to the electronic documentation system was 6:00 a.m. April 9, 2013. Nurses will now be at the bedside with computers doing their patient care documentation.

In 2009, the federal government created a program calling for hospitals and physicians to create an Electronic Health Record for every American by 2014. The federal guidelines required “Meaningful Use” objectives that providers must meet. One regulation identifies the technical capabilities required for certified EHR (Electronic Health Record) technology. The electronic medical records stimulus package mandates that eligible providers who fail to adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of EHR technology by 2015 will have their Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement reduced.

In 2010, Cherry County Hospital and Clinic began researching EHR computer programs to meet the requirements. In 2012 the hospital initiated computer procedure order entry (lab, radiology services), a new admissions program, scanning and archiving of old paper medical records, billing and scheduling. The clinic program is called LSS and includes all aspects of patient documentation and billing in the clinic setting. In June 2013, the hospital will begin Computer Physician Order Entry and Bedside Medication Verification for Nursing medication administration. In the fall Physician Documentation will be initiated.

Cherry County Hospital’s goals are to enhance quality, safety and efficiency of patient care, improve compliance with best health practices, increase regular preventive practices and disease management activities, increase fully integrated patient care and coordination of care, and reduce medication errors.

April 23, 2013