Truman Medical Centers has reached a milestone in its effort to use electronic medical records for improved patient care.

Truman Medical Centers has reached a milestone in its effort to use electronic medical records for improved patient care.


The two hospitals are the first in Kansas City and the 10th in Missouri to achieve the “stage six designation” of a model program to make medical records electronic. The program was established by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.


Achieving stage six has only been achieved by about 3 percent of 5,000 hospitals the society tracks, according to TMC.


“This designation is another step in the right direction for TMC to provide the best care for our patients and our community,” said TMC chief executive officer John Bluford.


Early last year, TMC set an 18-month goal of implementing a full electronic medical records, including e-prescribing. Physicians enter more than 90 percent of all medications electronically.


For example, when a doctor enters a prescription electronically, a pharmacist verifies it. Then the order is reviewed by a nurse and scanned at the bedside of the patient with a handheld mobile device. This “virtually eliminates the potential for error” by giving the right medication for the right patient.


“As a physician, one of the most exciting parts of the electronic medical record system is the improvement in overall patient safety and care,” according to TMC Emergency Department Dr. Jeffrey Hackman.


Electronic medical records will also provide alert systems to let medical professionals know about potential issues such as a patient allergy or medication interaction.