Van Buren hospital using electronic medical records
KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Hospital and Clinics converted to an electronic medical records system Sept. 22.
Recently, the federal government put laws into effect making significant changes to health care guidelines. One of the changes is that all hospitals and providers must convert to electronic medical records by 2014.
The records must include the patient’s complete medical record including medications, health problems, and clinical notes. The electronic records will allow physicians immediate access to patients’ heath histories, lab tests, medications and X-rays, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.
Van Buren County Hospital and Clinics uses EPIC for its electronic medical records, which is linked to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics’ system.
Van Buren County Hospital is the first hospital in the state to link to the UIHC’s medical record system. The Van Buren hospital now has the state-of-the-art electronic medical records system.
When patients come to the Van Buren hospital, they will need to update their patient information and insurance. The update will need to be done once and then all information will be in the system and will be easily accessible by providers at all of its clinics.
If a patient chooses to share his or her information, the UIHC will be able to access the patient’s records for consults or emergency transfers. For this ease of use, Van Buren County Hospital urges its patients to “opt in” to the shared record. Patients also will have access to their medical records through MyChart through the Internet.