I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton recently went live with its electronic health record. That’s great news for patients and their families in Denton County, as they leave the era of paper records. But it’s also exciting for Texas Health Resources. All 13 wholly owned Texas Health hospitals now have the EHR, with its proven capability to reduce medical errors and improve quality of care. And Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, opening in September 2012, will have a fully integrated EHR when it opens its doors this year.
Thanks to the EHR, our hospitals can share patient health information across our system. The electronic health record gives everyone who is caring for the patient better access to the patient’s chart in a secure and speedy manner.
Our hospitals all have achieved Stage 6 designation on their EHR from the nation’s major health information technology association. Reaching the sixth of seven stages means that hospitals have implemented barcode medication verification to help prevent medication errors. Only 5 percent of U.S. hospitals have reached this stage. Our sights are now set on achieving the final stage of EHR implementation.
Patients throughout North Texas benefit from Texas Health’s leadership in the electronic health record.
For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.