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Crawford County Memorial Hospital Implements Electronic Medical Record at Main Campus Clinic

09/08/14

(Denison, IA) – Within the next two weeks, Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) will implement the use of an “electronic medical record” (EMR) at the Main Campus clinic location. The EMR is being implemented to meet new guidelines in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). The EMR replaces the paper records and files that medical professionals have used in the past. In its place, providers will have a personal computer in each exam room that will have access to all patient records.

Paul MatthewsThe benefits of the EMR include an easier patient registration process, greater continuity of care, and increased access to one’s medical records. As the medical staff begins the implementation process, however, patients may note increased waiting times to see a provider or, for those patients with routine testing or physicals, may have to wait a day or two longer to secure an appointment. If needed, some patients may be redirected to the City Center clinic for treatment.

Bill Bruce, CCMH President and CEO, said the installation of the electronic medical record is a part of the on-going commitment of the CCMH Board of Trustees to continue to upgrade the technological capabilities of the hospital and clinics. “While there may be fewer appointments available with providers at the Main Campus clinic during the first couple of weeks of implementation, we think that patients will see the benefits of the EMR over the longer term.”

“Our goal is to improve our patient experience. The EMR will help us to streamline our clinic operations and lead to greater continuity of care which translates to better outcomes for patients”,Bruce said.

The CCMH Medical Clinic – Main Campus will implement the EMR on Tuesday, September 16.The CCMH specialty physicians for OB/GYN, Orthopedics and General Surgery will follow on September 23. The EMR will be initiated at the City Center clinic location at a later date.

“It’s not easy to ask people to be have patience while we implement this project. When you’re not feeling well, you really just want to be able to see a medical provider and get to feeling better. Our staff is working hard to minimize disruptions to service while improving our technical capabilities,” Bruce noted.