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Sanford Medical Center implements final stage of electronic medical record

WORTHINGTON -- Sanford Worthington Medical Center implemented the third and final stage of the patient electronic medical record on May 15 with the go live of the computerized provider order management (CPOM).

The Sanford system's electronic medical record (EMR) is known as Sanford OneChart and utilizes the EPIC system, which is one of the largest health-care information systems available nationally.

This project began in 2008 with a new computer system for the business office departments. MyChart also began at this time. MyChart provides easy and secure internet access to portions of patients' personal health information, to schedule appointments online, renew prescriptions, get lab results and email their care team. In 2010, computer terminals were added to patient rooms, nursing stations and all other clinical departments to facilitate the electronic medical record. The OneChart system is now complete for Worthington with the addition of physicians entering orders and documenting their care on a computer in place of the paper chart.

Training for this final phase began in March, with 11 nursing staff members attending training in Sioux Falls. Known as super trainers and super users, these nurses then conducted classes in Worthington for all physicians, nursing and ancillary department staff members.

"This was a very big project and positive change for our hospital and has again demonstrated the excellent personal dedication of everyone involved," stated Jennifer Weg, chief nursing officer at SWMC. "It wasn't simple, and at times quite challenging. But it was also very successful."

"This brings 'state of the art' to our patient workflows and our entire facility," said Michael Hammer, SWMC chief executive officer. "It will also improve communication and coordination of health-care among providers."