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New Technology Enhances Electronic Health Record
Start Date
07/01/2011
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MASON CITY, IA – Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa has enhanced its electronic health record system through the implementation of a high-tech tool improving the scheduling, tracking and information sharing of the surgical patient. SurgiNet® allows Mercy – North Iowa’s surgical teams to share consistent, accurate patient information organization-wide. By automating the surgical workflow and anesthesia delivery, doctors and nurses are able to spend more time with patients and thoroughly document the surgical process in the electronic health record.

 “Many of the functions of this new technology are “behind the scenes,” said Carol Flaherty, Director of Mercy Surgical Services. “However, an electronic tracking board located in the surgical waiting room on second floor allows families and friends to follow their loved ones through the pre- and post-operative areas by viewing their progress on the board.” This large monitor is similar to what is used in airports to track airline flights. To ensure patient privacy is maintained, each surgical patient is assigned a tracking number that is shared with friends and family upon the patient’s approval.

“Implementing new technology and changing a process takes a lot of teamwork, education, and support from one another,” said Toni Ebeling, Vice President of Patient Services/Chief Nursing Officer. “We are proud of our surgeons, leaders and associates for their dedication to continue to improve patient care and safety.”

Mercy – North Iowa has been named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation for eight years; a Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospital for nine years; recognized by Hospitals & Health Networks as one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals; and received national recognition for its accomplishments to implement technology solutions that have the ability to improve patient safety and quality care. Mercy – North Iowa implemented its comprehensive electronic health record system in July 2005 and is considered in the top 2.6 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals providing advance technology in patient care.

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