ELKINS — The Davis Health System (DHS) Board of Directors voted on Thursday to move forward with the purchase of a new electronic health record (EHR) platform that will improve clinical communication and the patient experience. DHS will partner with Cerner Corporation, a global healthcare technology company.
Adoption of the new EHR across all three hospitals will help ensure a patient’s latest health information is available no matter which DHS facility or caregiver they visit. DHS will implement the Cerner CommunityWorks delivery model.
An EHR is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs make patient information available instantly and securely, and include medical and treatment histories, and information about the patient’s medications, immunizations, allergies, radiology images and lab tests. A cloud-based EHR allows multiple care providers to view the patient’s full medical record when making decisions about a patient’s care.
DHS CEO Vance Jackson explained the CommunityWorks model is designed for rural hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAH). “Our investment in Cerner will help us continue to deliver high-quality patient care and to remain one of the leading healthcare systems in our region,” said Jackson. “Through Cerner, we will consolidate multiple platforms into one EHR system. This will improve patient care, create efficiencies in cost and work flow, and advance the technology used by our providers.”
“EHR’s are major financial investments for community hospitals,” added DHS CFO Melanie Dempsey. “Our goal was to choose a vendor that offers a solid suite of integrated products and on-the-ground support to our employees and providers, at a price that is financially sustainable.”
Implementation of the new EHR will begin in the summer of 2022 for Davis Medical Center, Broaddus Hospital, and Webster Memorial Hospital.
The new system will enable patients to schedule appointments online, and easily access a new patient portal. The portal allows patients to view and download their personal health information and communicate with staff and providers.