Improving patient safety: Electronic health record implemented at WLMH

Improving patient safety: Electronic health record implemented at WLMH

Hamilton Health Sciences’ vision to achieve the best care for all requires us to plan for the continuous improvement of everything we do to meet the evolving needs of patients across all of our hospitals.

At West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, one of the most recent investments to improve the standard of care is the implementation of an electronic health record (e-record).

The hospital already uses electronic health information technology to communicate and report diagnostic tests and lab results. The expansion of the e-record will give staff, midwives and physicians access to more of the information they need to inform care decisions.

This is a significant advance in how we care for patients

It tells the patient story in real-time and patient information is immediately available in an easy-to-read and organized electronic chart. It also makes it possible to standardize documentation processes across all disciplines and clinical areas across HHS, and supports the sharing of information between units and health care providers when patients are being transferred or when a consult is required.

“This is a significant advance in how we care for patients,” says Cindy MacDonald, Director of Community Programs at WLMH. “It will improve access to vital information by members of the healthcare team so that informed decisions can be made about care delivery for each patient. The e-record will also make it possible for staff and physicians across HHS to collaborate in planning care regardless of a patient’s location.”

The implementation of the e-record started in April with patients admitted through the Emergency Department. Over the upcoming weeks, the e-record will be phased in across all programs at WLMH.