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Mar 3, 2010 12:06 AM by Carina Corral

Local CHW hospitals first to implement electronic health records

KSBY News has learned that three local hospitals will be the first in Catholic Healthcare West's 41 hospital system to use electronic health records.

The paper world of medical files is about to enter cyber space at French Hospital Medical Center, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Marian Medical Center.

A patient's medical record will be accessible instantaneously to physicians and nurses at all three hospitals, as well as to physicians in the community.

For the patient it means less redundancy, less room for error and less wait time.

" With our new system, that information will be available at anyone's fingertips who needs the information and who has proper security and proper reason to be looking at that information," said Project Director Bonnie Hritz.

" We would have at our fingertips the ability to access that information and provide them with that service they need rather than waiting on historical records that might be stored in the facility," said Kerin Mase, RN, MBA at Marian Medical Center.

It will take several years to fully implement electronic health records.

The first phase will be complete this fall.

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