Meridian, MS – March 31, 2015 –Anderson Regional Medical Center will be transitioning to an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system on April 1, 2015, the most strategic initiative the hospital has undertaken in decades. This system will provide significant enhancements for patients and caregivers alike.
Electronic Health Records is transforming health care at hospitals across the nation. The EHR system captures all data related to patient care (including information from radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, inpatient care, outpatient care, emergency care, and rehabilitation) in one comprehensive system that is accessible at all Anderson facilities. Caregivers will now be able to access patient information immediately, optimizing the ability to improve timeliness in patient care, diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Scot Bell, Chief Medical Officer, said, “Among the many benefits of the Electronic Health Record, those that will be immediately recognized include the physician’s ability to gain secure access to the patient’s complete medical record from anywhere at any time, as well as the ability to make patient care decisions based on real-time, up-to-date information. For instance, an emergency room physician will now have the ability to make diagnostic and treatment decisions based on information such as recent patient visits, outpatient diagnostic testing, or changes in medications that previously may not have been readily available.”
Under the direction of Steve Taylor, Director of Information Technology, a team of more than 100 Anderson employees has been working on this project for the past 18 months. The highly secure, encrypted system will be carefully monitored by the Anderson IT staff to ensure that all patient information remains confidential.
John Anderson, Interim CEO, said, “Part of our mission is to improve life for the people we serve, and Electronic Health Records will greatly increase our ability to do that with enhanced patient care decision support systems. While it may take some time to adjust to the new system, we expect it will ultimately allow our doctors, nurses and allied health professionals more time to interact with patients and care for their needs.ÂÂ Furthermore, patients will have almost immediate access to their personal health information through our Anderson web based portal.”
As part of the EHR transition, Anderson will be implementing “Anderson Access”, a secure, private web portal that will provide patients with direct access to personal health information including laboratory results, radiology reports, discharge instructions, and much more. This service will allow patients to take a proactive approach to their health care by providing a more transparent view into the services they received, ultimately promoting a healthier lifestyle and improving patient satisfaction. Beginning April 1, 2015, patients will be able to sign up for an Anderson Access account and view medical records for visits that have taken place from that date forward.
As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals and a network of primary and specialty clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the continued mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.