Medical record-keeping has existed since the days of ancient Greece. The emergence of computers in the 1960s paved the road for the standardization and sharing of medical records. Fast-forward to today—electronic health records are bringing patient care to a whole new level.
EMHS has selected Cerner as its integrated electronic health record and revenue cycle platform. It combines each patient’s medical history, test results, clinicians’ notes, plan of care, and billing into a single record. That allows physicians, nurses, technicians, and other providers in all of our hospitals and practices to access and share that information. Not only does that bring us closer to our goal of becoming a unified system, but it also improves patient care by providing a seamless transition.
For example, a patient could see their primary care physician at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, be referred to a specialist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, require a prescription from Miller Drug, and be referred to a palliative care program offered by VNA Home Health Hospice. Providers at all of those organizations would be able to access the same data and use it to determine how to best care for the patient.
The Cerner integration is just one part of a larger program we are calling Pathways to Our Future. Pathways to Our Future is comprised of four programs—Cerner EHR/RC, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Operational Excellence (OE), and Facility Master Planning (FMP)—that work together to deliver care in a more effective and efficient way to the communities we serve.