October 12 2006 - TRINITY CLINIC TO IMPLEMENT ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS
For Immediate Release
October 12, 2006
TRINITY CLINIC TO COMPLETE
ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD SYSTEM WITHIN ONE YEAR
New Software Will Allow Patient/Physician Contact Via The Internet
TYLER, TX - Officials with Trinity Mother Frances Health System's Trinity Clinic announced a target date for the completion of an electronic medical record (EMR) system that will include the ability for patients to refill prescriptions and send and receive messages to and from their Trinity Clinic physician's office via the Internet and email. Over 100 Trinity Clinic physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician's assistants use the GE Centricity® EMR today. The remaining physicians will be added to the system in the next 12 months. Trinity Clinic officials said the process of converting patient records to a more storage-friendly and physician-accessible electronic file format began eight years ago.
Calls for the implementation of EMR systems as a mandatory way of patient record keeping have come from many in the U.S. in recent years, including numerous physicians and political figures. Dr. Tom Hargrove, medical director of informatics, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, said the Health System had great foresight in starting the project many years ago.
"When we began this massive undertaking in 1998, we knew the EMR system would be beneficial for Trinity Clinic patients by providing a seamless continuum of coordinated care and medical information and improving the physician's ability to deliver recommended preventive care. Care will improve because clinicians share medication lists, medical histories and other information that can provide crucial data that helps to ensure the proper treatment in the shortest amount of time," said Dr. Hargrove. "Patients will also be pleased with the ability to communicate with their Trinity Clinic physician's office by way of the Web and email. I believe what Trinity Clinic is doing with EMR today will be the standard of health care in the future."
Once the EMR system is fully operational, Trinity Mother Frances Health System will notify the public. The digital accessibility of electronic medical records helps physicians improve safety and quality of care as medical information will be instantly available to all Trinity Clinic physicians involved in a patient's care. In addition, information can be analyzed to improve care based on medical evidence.
For more information on all services available through Trinity Mother Frances Health System and Trinity Clinic, visit www.tmfhs.org.