A study conducted in 2004 found that 83% of physicians had reviewed at least one test result in the previous two months that they "wished they had known about earlier1." An electronic medical record creates the data input for:
- Decision support and analysis
- Reduces transcription errors
- Improves documentation and compliance
- Facilitates communication among all care providers
St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute has installed a mobile electronic data system to equip clinicians with faster and better access to electronic information. This system delivers comprehensive, password-protected patient data to physicians in "real time." Medical record data can be securely accessed via mobile devices, such as PDAs or smart-phones, or via any web-enabled computer, regardless of location. This provides critical information to clinicians in a timely manner, wherever the physician might be located. St. Luke's is part of the Information Resource Management (IRM) health information network.
St. Luke's has been honored for the last several years as one of the "100 Most Wired" hospitals in the United States. Less than 10% of American hospitals have implemented health information technology, but St. Luke's realizes the value it brings to increase efficiencies and ensure quality patient care. When providers have access to the medical information they need, they have a better understanding of the patient's history and can make better treatment decisions. This improves both patient safety and the quality of patient care.
1Archives of Internal Medicine, Nov 8, 2004. "I Wish I had Seen This Result Earlier!" Online. Available at http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/164/20/2223.