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July 2, 2012 – Harris, N.Y. – On June 30, Catskill Regional Medical Center launched electronic health records (EHR) at its main Harris campus and Callicoon campus (Grover M. Hermann Hospital).

An EHR system develops an electronic health record, or chart, for each patient. These records are accessible throughout the hospital, only to health care providers. Access to patient data is on an “as needed basis” and is governed and protected by HIPAA regulations.

EHRs will greatly assist Catskill Regional Medical Center in continuing to provide efficient and high quality health care to patients. Some of the system’s benefits include enhanced patient safety, reduced operational costs, improved health care quality/outcomes, prevention of medication errors, improved efficiencies and improved access to and coordination of care. Additionally, EHRs enable health care providers to submit prescriptions to pharmacies electronically, so that the patient does not have to bring the prescription to the pharmacy and wait for it to be filled.

“This is a great technological advancement for Catskill Regional Medical Center, our patients and our community,” said Fred Kuriger, Catskill Regional Medical Center’s CEO. “It will positively change health care in Sullivan County on a long-term basis. For patients, this enhancement will make every step of care throughout our system seamless and safe, ensuring the best possible outcomes.”

“EHR’s provide the right information, for the right person, in the right format, in real time, all of the time, so health care providers may provide efficient patient care,” said John Lynch, Chief Information Officer for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “They also decrease duplicate tests and increase the possibility of collaborative care between patients, physician offices, hospitals and any other institution involved in the patient care.”

Catskill Regional Medical Center and the Greater Hudson Valley Health System selected EPIC Systems Corporation to implement the EHR system. EPIC is the leader in EHR technology with clients that include the Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, NYU Langone Medical Center and Geisinger Health System.

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