Moran touts LMH’s electronic records system

October 27, 2012


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


KEITHMILES05 5 years, 4 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.

cabocrazed 5 years, 4 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.

Cindy Wallace 5 years, 4 months ago

Yes, you are correct, HOWEVER; Obamacare has instilled this measure across the board to be a universal computerized system that will allow any care for an individual patient to be tracked and noted throughout the nation.... I am not making any assumption or opinion as to whether this will be good or bad, just stating my understanding of the bill.

Chrissy Neibarger 5 years, 4 months ago

They can and do have that capability. All you have to do is ask for it and you shall receive.

Chrissy Neibarger 5 years, 4 months ago

Oh trust me, your records are much more protected now than they ever were with the paper system. HIPAA made sure to enforce electronic protection ages ago. Every person that accesses your record is tracked and logged and the security measures are top notch.

Rae Hudspeth 5 years, 4 months ago

The ignorance of digital technology here is not astounding.

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