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October 17, 2013

Mercy to Go Live on Saturday

CENTERVILLE — After many months of hard work and dedication from the physicians and staff at Mercy, the hospital will officially go live with an advanced electronic health record system at 6 a.m. Saturday.

The new system will help the hospital further improve the care provided to patients and the community by increasing communication and coordination of care across the entire Mercy health network. Results of tests, procedures, care documentation, medications and other pertinent health information will now be paperless and can be electronically accessed by providers involved in a patient’s care.

As always, patient safety is the hospital’s first priority. In fact, one of the main reasons behind the national movement toward electronic health records is the increasing evidence that an electronic health record improves patient safety.

The hospital has been equipped with computers in all patient rooms, as well as computers on mobile stations for the emergency room. Physicians will be able to place orders and document care on computers as well as personal tablets.

For the past two years, the hospital has been preparing for this change with a designated local lead team of experts who have been working on every phase of the transition from technology assessment, building and testing of the system to user training. The lead team of Melissa Belloma, Amy Phillips, RN, Denise Eddy, MT and Nancy Barton, M.D., has worked directly with the clinical department managers, who all serve as subject matter experts in their areas.

Vice President Sherri Doggett, who is the lead executive for the project, praised the lead team and hospital managers who she says have committed many, many hours above and beyond their normal daily operations to ensure a successful transition.

“Our staff is ready and confident in our ability to execute the go live," she stated.

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