'E-prescribing’ now functional at RCMC

2/15/2012


LEBANON, Va. – Russell County Medical Center recently went live with its new “E-Prescribe” system, the last step in the hospital’s transition to the Siemens electronic medical record platform.

E-prescribing allows physicians to decide which medications a patient should continue at home, and to fax or e-mail prescriptions directly to the pharmacy of the patient’s choice. If the patient is from out of town, he or she can pick up prescribed medications locally.

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, e-prescribing is an important element in improving the quality of patient care.

E-prescribing is part of RCMC’s provider order entry (POE) system, which allows health care providers to enter patients’ orders electronically. This is an improvement over paper charts, which were previously being entered manually into the electronic medical records system. POE lessens the risk of mistakes being made while entering the patient’s information by making it an electronic process instead of a handwritten one.

Electronic medical record usage at RCMC enables physicians to have at their fingertips all the information they need to make decisions at the point of care, according to Dr. Samuel Melton, a physician with C-Health in Lebanon.

“That’s going to translate into a better hands-on caring experience for patients when they’re in the hospital,” he said.

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