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Nov 17, 2010 3:27 PM by Carina Corral

Two local hospitals set to go paperless

Patients at Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo might notice something different during their next visit.

The hospitals are starting to go paperless.

Every hospital on the Central Coast is undergoing the transition to Electronic Health Records, or EHR, but these two hospitals said they are the first to implement it.

EHR is a system in which a patient's medical history is stored in a secure database for all hospitals and doctor's offices nationwide to access.

From nursing records to pharmaceuticals, Twin Cities and Sierra Vista are two-thirds of the way there.

They won't be 100 percent paperless until this time next year.

President Obama wants all hospitals and community physicians to have EHR by 2014.

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