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HCMH readies for electronic health records

Registered nurse Megan Foth (left) leads HCMH nurses Val Cleveland (center) and Tammy Sernett (right) in a process of locating Web-based information necessary for the hospital’s start-up of an electronic medical records system beginning Feb. 2. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) will be introducing a new computer management system that will provide an electronic health record of all patients.
The system is called EPIC, and will be introduced beginning Sunday, Feb. 2.
“It is something that all hospitals will be required to have in the coming years.
“The timing is right now for us to be able to choose a solution to having a portable electronic health record for patients rather than waiting to the future, when we could incur government penalties for not having adapted,” HCMH Chief Executive Officer Jim Atty said.
With an electronic health record, doctors will make prescriptions via computer that will be order entry into the pharmacy’s computer and will also keep track of dosages and refills. Because physicians will have access to up-to-the-minute health records, there promises to be fewer redundant lab tests.
The HCMH Radiology Department has been on the EPIC system since September and it is working well, Atty said.
The neat thing about an electronic health record is that it is a living document that will follow the patient wherever they get health care.
HCMH staff have undergone hundreds of hours of training to be ready for the change come this Sunday. To read more about the reason for the change and what it will mean, see the full article in this week's Humboldt Independent by clicking on subscribe today link above.