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Mercy Memorial Prepares For New Electronic Health System

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ARDMORE, OK- Mercy Memorial Health Center is one step closer to making your access to your medical records a little easier with a paperless patient data system. Meredith Saldana has more on this story.

The new electronic health record will create a single and continuously updated electronic health record for each patient.     

That not only the doctor can view, but the patient will have access to it as well.     

The theme is one patient, one record.               

Construction continues on the new patient tower at Mercy Memorial, in Ardmore.      

But soon, your health records will be the center of a major project.      

Mercy has purchased a new software program called Epic, that will soon replace your paper patient file.     

Senior Vice President Jay Johnson says one of the biggest challenges in hospital's is data management.  

"You can imagine, at your own house if you look in your files and you want to look at your tax returns over the last 20-years. Well, how much paper are you going to have to go through to find the numbers that show what you earned every year? And put it together and say I want to trend it over time and am I doing better or worse," says Johnson.

The new system will allow Mercy doctors to quickly pull vital information from your patient files that normally could take hours or even longer to find.

Especially in charts that contain hundreds of pages of your health history.     

But Johnson says most importantly, it will help you stay informed on your own health. 

"Eventually, the system will even be able to send out email notices and reminders for vaccinations and other things that are important to help manage people's health and to create a healthier lifestyle."

The new Epic program will go live on June 27th.     

This will make Mercy among only 2% of hospitals nationwide that are fully integrated.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News