Crawford Memorial Hospital's new computer health-record system went live Monday.
"We're excited the go-live date is finally here, after months of intense training and development," CMH Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski said. "Just like when we expand our physical hospital, this is an investment in patient care and the future of CMH."
Patients may notice some minor delays or changes in the short term as staff implements this new system.
"We want the community to know that these inconveniences will not impact the quality of care that our patients receive and that we will do everything in our power to make sure that any disruption is both minor and temporary," Florkowski said.
"We will have an all-hands-on-deck situation to minimize these inconveniences," he added.
Hospitals in the United States are required to use electronic medical records for their patients. In an EMR, each patient has a digital record of the treatment and tests they've received at that facility, as well as any diagnoses and the health history the patient reported.
Though CMH has had an EMR system since 1995 - 19 years before the federal mandate - this new system improves many of the services already in place.
The new system allows doctors and providers to access the patient's information when they need it and makes it even easier to access the patients' entire medical history.
The system also further enhances patient safety by verifying that there are no dangerous drug or food interactions with new prescriptions and reducing the opportunities for human error.