By: Mary Ford
Tuesday, January 22 2013
“Plugging into Electronic Medical Records” means more than just putting your health information into a computer to be printed out in a neat format. An electronic medical record translates to a vision that will transform and individualize patient care.
For patients who arrive at our Emergency Department, we now have access to records from their primary care physician. This allows us to give the safest possible care since we can access pertinent allergies, current medications, lab tests that have been run (along with results) and any conditions that may be causing the emergency visit.
Patients admitted to our hospital are seamlessly transferred from one clinical team to the next – with a clear record of care, including important notes from the doctor or nurse.
On another note…getting hungry? Now, patients can simply order from our electronic menu. The computer program accounts for their special needs—allowing them to order only appropriate foods in line with their dietary restrictions.
Finally, electronic medical records will allow patients to create their own “health portal,” so they can access their medical record any time and take charge of their health.
This is a historic moment for Lakeland Regional, as we move to the digital world—the future. This transformation will do for medical records what the iPhone did for the rotary telephone.
Most importantly, electronic medical records bring patient and family-centered healthcare to the next level – with doctors and hospitals working together to improve the health and well-being of the community. We are committed to this transformation for one reason: to improve the care for our patients and their families, not just today, but for the future.