Mercy Ready for EHR Mandate

July 26, 2012

Di Smalley, Mercy regional president

OKLAHOMA - As the federally mandated deadline to implement electronic health records (EHR) approaches, many hospitals are scrambling to make it work. Mercy started implementing EHR in 2004 and is among only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide with a system sophisticated enough to access and share medical records among multiple Mercy facilities in a four-state area.

All but one Mercy hospital in Oklahoma, and all 64 Mercy Clinic facilities, are up and running with EHR. June 9, Mercy launched EHR at Mercy Hospitals Logan County and El Reno, making the number of Mercy hospitals on EHR across four states 24. Mercy Hospital Watonga, which joined Mercy July 1, 2012, will go live on the network by the end of this year.

In this story by The Journal Record's Sarah Terry-Cobo, Mercy Regional President Di Smalley talks about why EHR is an important investment, regardless of a federally mandated deadline.

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