Electronic Health Records

Samaritan Regional Health System (SRHS) is committed to providing you and your family with timely, quality care. In our ongoing efforts to do so, we are implementing Electronic Health Records (EHRs) this Summer. An Electronic Health Record is an electronic version of your medical history that includes all clinical data relevant to your care. Since all patient care services at SRHS will utilize EHRs, your information is easily accessible wherever services are engaged.

How do Electronic Health Records Work?

You will notice that all our staff- from registrars to therapists to doctors and nurses – will use hand-held devices and computers. They are recording details about your visit into a secured electronic file which is your Electronic Health Record (EHR).

Information that is recorded in your EHR is immediately accessible and up-to-date in every clinical area you visit in the hospital. Every one of your caregivers will have access to your past medical history and your medications through your real-time EHR.

How does the Electronic Health Record system benefit me as a patient?

Patient safety has always been and will remain a top priority of Samaritan Regional Health System. The Electronic Health Record ensures that every physician, nurse, pharmacist or medical professional involved in your care uses the most current relevant health information about you – assisting them in making the best treatment decisions possible. This reduces delays in treatment and eliminates redundant testing.

Is my information secure or can anyone access it?

Just as we have done in the past, we will continue to safeguard your data and properly destroy information as needed. Unlike a paper-based environment, Electronic Health Records provide secure access to relevant health information based on a provider’s role and relationship to the patient. In addition to this role-based access, the technology also requires fingerprint authentication to access a patient’s Electronic Health Record. An audit report that shows who accessed what, in which record and when also is part of the system. An additional fail-safe measure is the audit report, which will flag any inappropriate access to a patient’s chart.

For your protection, you will still need to provide a photo ID whenever accessing services at a SRHS facility or SRHS-owned physician practice. You must also provide a photo ID when opening or accessing an account or when requesting a change of address. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, passport or military ID, or an employer or a school identification card with documentation that includes address.

In addition to having your photo ID available, please also bring your insurance card with you. All registration forms will be signed electronically on an electronic tab, with paper copies available to you at your request.

Will Samaritan Regional Health System be able to share patient information with community physicians?

Yes. Physicians who currently use technology in their practices will be able to receive information electronically from SRHS into their own systems in real-time. Physicians without an EHR in their practices will be able to access patient data through a secure network connection.