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APD Begins Implementation of Electronic Medical Record System

April 8, 2011—Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital launched the first phase of an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system at its campus clinics this week. This first phase will cover the practice management components of registration, scheduling, and billing. Modules to be installed in the next six months will incorporate prescriptions, messaging, scanning and charting.

This culminates work that began 18-months ago when APD began working with Greenway Medical Technologies, of Carrollton, Georgia, to develop a system that would include the components needed in the clinic setting. The new system will provide our caregivers with quick access to a patient’s critical health information.

“Simply put, an Electronic Medical Record is a computerized replacement for paper-based record filing systems,” explains Lorraine Nichols, Director, Information Services. “But it offers a substantial advancement in how we perform our work due to the quick access to patient information that can be shared among healthcare providers in various locations.”

“By getting up-to-date, accurate information to our caregivers, we will improve patient care quality and safety,” adds Dr. Sheila Feyrer, Medical Director of Informatics. “We’ll be better able to track individual pieces of information such as laboratory reports and complete medication lists, which will help make visits more efficient and allow our medical staff to concentrate on care, rather than paperwork.”

The adoption of an EMR is a multi-phased project. The clinics at APD are the first to go live with the new system, and will be followed by a hospital-wide adoption.