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SSM Health-St. Mary’s improves care through electronic health records

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:48 am

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Group are continually working to improve care offered to patients. As part of that effort, patients may notice the addition of a computer to the exam rooms. The comprehensive electronic health record will allow physicians, nurses and caregivers to begin documenting patient care onto a computer, which replaces traditional paper medical charts.
There are many advantages to patients and caregivers alike. The electronic health record organizes patient information into a secure file that caregivers can access from nearly any SSM Health clinic or hospital. It provides continuity of care, eliminates the need for duplication of tests and helps to prevent drug interactions. Important information, such as blood type, medical conditions and prescription medications, become readily accessible if a life-saving need arises.
To ensure the confidentiality of health information, the system is designed to allow only health care professionals involved with the patient’s care plan to access that record. This new system provides a single record to deliver safe and efficient care to patients.
“The safety and satisfaction of our patients continues to be our top priority,” said Dr. Clark Andelin. “We appreciate our patient’s patience as we become accustomed to the new system. In the long run, this will provide patients with even better care. Our goal is to ensure each patient has an exceptional experience and this is one more step toward that goal.”
In addition to the electronic health record, patients will have use of an app called “MyChart,” which will allow patients online access to schedule appointments, pay medical bills, review test results, send a message to their physician’s office, as well as review past visits to SSM Health clinics, emergency department, urgent care and hospital.
For any questions regarding the upcoming transition or new services being offered please contact Becki Collier at 573-230-6160 or becki_collier@ssmhc.com.