North Country Hospital Celebrates Healthcare IT Week – Oct 5-9
When you think of North Country Hospital, your first thought is probably not about the technology used throughout the hospital and clinics. However, over the past 20 years, there have been remarkable technological improvements that have made a tremendous impact on how North Country Hospital delivers care to our patients. During the week of October 5th through the 9th, North Country Hospital will be celebrating these advancements by observing National Healthcare Information Technology (IT) week.
North Country Hospital has long been on the leading edge of healthcare technology, with significant technology investments over the past 10 years focused on helping our staff take better care of the patients in our community. In early 2004, well ahead of the majority of the nation, North Country began implementing electronic health records in the hospital-owned clinics. Transitioning to electronic records allowed all of our healthcare providers to have appropriate access to valuable patient information that had previously been locked in paper charts within the clinics. In 2009, the Emergency Department moved to electronic records for documenting their patient information, and in 2011, the hospital replaced their information system, providing electronic records for inpatients, as well as other hospital departments. Most recently, in 2013 North Country Hospital implemented a state-of-the-art patient portal, allowing patients to have real-time access to their health information, as well as connecting with their healthcare providers electronically.
As a patient of North Country Hospital, you may be wondering how these changes impact the care you receive here. Below are a few short examples of patient care improvements as a result of technology:
Emergency department physicians have access to patient past medical history from the clinics so they can make informed decisions regarding treatment.
Potential drug interactions are identified quickly, and alert physicians for possible drug-to-drug, drug-to-allergy, drug-to-disease, or drug-to-food reactions.
Costly duplicate lab testing is avoided with access to prior results available to providers throughout the facility.
Imaging studies, such as X-Rays, CT Scans, MRIs, etc. are available electronically from anywhere in the facility, also potentially avoiding unnecessary duplication and radiation exposure.
Patients now have online access to health records such as visit summaries, medications, and lab results through our secure portal. The portal also provides the ability to communicate with your healthcare provider at your convenience (24/7), through online messaging and notification features.