Increasingly, it’s becoming a digital world, with hospitals switching over to electronic medical records (EMR).
Reaping a host of other, significant benefits is Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., whose surgical services department, in 2012, converted to EMR.
According to an article in Outpatient Surgery, the conversion required hard work and long hours, but paid off, big-time.
After assessing four systems using an 80-question matrix, the department chose a Windows-based EMR system that met all the objectives for the hospital, which features three surgical facilities housing eight operating rooms and a staff of 75.
So what did the surgical services department gain from the conversion? Precious time; more time with patients, less time documenting and less time gathering performance data, according to the article, which written by one of the hospital’s staff members.
Furthermore, the new EMR system provides all necessary documentation prompts, procedure cards and actionable data. It also tracks the department’s performance, manages the supply chain, interfaces with the billing department and facilitates patient throughput.
The march to go paperless accelerates.
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