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Moran touts LMH’s electronic records system

October 27, 2012

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Sen. Jerry Moran speaks with LMH pharmacist Greg Burger about the hospital pharmacy's use of electronic medical records in the administration of medicine.

Sen. Jerry Moran speaks with LMH pharmacist Greg Burger about the hospital pharmacy's use of electronic medical records in the administration of medicine.

When it comes to the use of electronic medical records to administer care, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., says Lawrence Memorial Hospital is a model.

Moran stopped by LMH on Friday afternoon for a tour to see how the hospital’s pharmacy uses computer systems to control the ordering and the delivery of medication. On his mind, he said, was how smaller hospitals in other parts of the state might be able to make use of the same technology.

“I would guess that many hospitals in Kansas would see Lawrence Memorial Hospital and wish they had the opportunity to do this,” Moran said.

LMH first began using electronic medical records in 2004, and now every aspect of medicine delivery is controlled by the hospital’s digital system. Doctors record their medicine orders electronically, and nurses scan barcodes that record which medication is being delivered to which patient by whom.

All of that control cuts down on mistakes, pharmacist Greg Burger told Moran as they stood in a medication room Friday where drugs are measured and dispensed by an electronic system.

Moran said the hospital obviously had a top-flight system in place.

“They have a lot to brag about here,” Moran said.

In 2012, LMH was named for the second straight year as one of the top 100 “Most Wired” hospitals in the country by the publication Hospitals & Health Networks.

Many smaller hospitals in rural areas of the states likely lack the resources to install such extensive systems, Moran said, however much they might like to. He said he’d like such care to be available to all Kansans.

But he said that the hospital’s achievements could serve as evidence for Kansas University students that, when they graduate, they won’t need to leave the state to be working in the forefront of innovation in fields such as health care.

“If you want to excel in medicine, you can do it in Kansas,” Moran said.

— Kansas University reporter Matt Erickson can be reached at 832-6388. Follow him at Twitter.com/LJW_KU.

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ShePrecedes 1 year, 5 months ago

"The fraud squad of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mailed out a 54-question survey that digs into widespread allegations of Medicare overbilling committed with electronic health records (EHRs). "

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/773325?src=nldne&uac=41475AT

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ShePrecedes 1 year, 5 months ago

Digital records massively violate HIPPA. We all know that NOTHING digital is secure. Don't let anyone lie to you that your information is secure. If they tell you that, they have just lied to you.

I don't want my medical records stored electronically. I have called LMH on this. I have called my Dr. on this.

We have options here: We can lie to our Dr.s. We can ask that our dr.s withhold writing certain things on those records. We can write emails and letters to the Dr. the hospital, with a vast number of copies, using registered mail, stating that you will NOT allow your medical records be stored digitally.

And you can pick Dr.s who don't like digital records as much as you don't like them. They are still out there.

Or you can stop seeking medical services that are not life-threatening.

And you may be wise now to go uninsured, including that which the federal government enslaves, err,.. I mean, provides.

This will cause my first vote against Maron But I think it is time. He appears to have lost his integrity and joined forces that are NOT from Kansas.

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Rae Hudspeth 1 year, 5 months ago

The ignorance of digital technology here is not astounding.

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cabocrazed 1 year, 5 months ago

The system has nothing to do with Obamacare. Did youo not read the article? It was put in place in 2004 - way before Obama.

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KEITHMILES05 1 year, 5 months ago

The funds to do all this are in Obamacare. However, the less than forthcoming governor of this statee refuses to back it. You get what you ask for.

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