New electronic records bringing changes at CCC Hospital, Clinics
Staff at Chase County Community Hospital and Clinic has been working diligently over the past nine months on implementation of a new electronic medical record system. The federal government has mandated that all healthcare organizations have electronic record systems in place and operational by 2015.
Chase County Community Hospital has chosen the Cerner Corporation to help meet federal guidelines for electronic medical records. Cerner is an international healthcare information and technology corporation that provides complete electronic systems to healthcare organizations.
“We chose Cerner for several reasons including their track record with other hospitals, back-up and support of the product and quality onsite training,” according to Renee Fink, Chief Financial Officer at CCCH.
June 16 is the “go live” date for the new system.
So what does this change mean for patients who receive services at CCCH?
The biggest change patients will notice is that once they register for an appointment, they won’t have to repeat all their information if they are seen in more than one department on that visit. For example, if a patient checks into the Chase County Clinic and it is determined that he or she needs services on the hospital side, such as lab tests or x-rays, staff in those departments will be able to pull up their current information.
Currently, the Chase County Clinic and CCC Hospital operate on two different systems requiring patients to register their information on both sides. The Cerner system will tie the clinic and hospital together into one seamless information system.
It is important to note that even though the Cerner system will streamline gathering of patient information, individuals will still need to present their driver’s license and insurance information at each visit, even if it is within one or two days of a previous visit. There are several reasons for this.
First, insurance policies can change between visits to the clinic or hospital and it is in the patient’s best interest to review this information at each visit. Second, having proper ID and insurance information is a standard of care practice that all hospitals and clinics are expected to meet.
Another feature that patients will be able to take advantage of in the near future will be a Patient Portal. This is a web-based site for patients to access their electronic medical records safely online. Patient portals contain pertinent information such as lab and x-ray results, vital signs, immunizations and medical history. Only patients can designate who can see their information on the Patient Portal.
Other changes coming in the future with the Cerner system will be an online bill-pay option and moving to a one bill system. Eventually, patients will receive one bill from their visit to the hospital and clinic.
Currently, hospital services and clinic services are billed separately. More information will be provided as the Cerner implementation moves forward.
For more information, contact Dustin Harris, CCCH project manager, at 308-882-7384.