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Community Medical Centers implemented a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system starting Sept. 28, which is designed to enhance care and service to patients. Now there is one record for each patient in one electronic location, usable by all of those who provide medical care within the Community network.
Community replaced the paper medical charts with a new, computerized medical record system in all of its inpatient care centers, outpatient clinics, labs, imaging centers and at two of its hospitals, Community Regional Medical Center and Clovis Community Medical Center.
Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, which has been using computerized patient charting for some time, will be making the transition to the new system in 2012. The clinical information system has been in use at the Deran Koligian Care Center clinic on the Community Regional campus, since January 2011.
Patients in the hospital may notice a computer on wheels in their room and nurses typing on a keyboard rather than writing on paper in a clipboard as they record heart rate, blood pressure and medication information.
For Community’s patients, the change means:
Community is ahead of the curve nationally in implementing what will soon be mandated by federal health reforms. Hospitals here in Fresno and Clovis are joining the ranks of prestigious hospitals like Stanford University Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic, which have installed a similar system and have already used it to reduce the time patients spend in the hospital and enhance patient safety.
Erin Kennedy reported this story. She can be reached at MedWatchToday@CommunityMedical.org.