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Feb. 7, 2012MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Roach

EHR Countdown

St. Francis Hospital in Maryville is in the transition period to having a hospital wide electronic health record system.

St. Francis will be completely be switched to the electronic health records by March 31st. Dr. Michael Wurm, director of Medical Informatics at St. Francis, says it's all about helping the patient and program has several advantages.

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Wurm says it has been a long process converting from paper records to electronic records. The planning process started back in 1999 when the sisters of St. Mary's began learning more information about electronic records, and the help it would provide meeting patient needs. The process of switching from paper to electronic records has cost over 500 million dollars. However, the doctors and surgical centers throughout St. Francis and even outside hospitals will be able to share patient information, if given patient consent. Officials say the epic program will make it easier for the hospital to store and share patient records among the physicians and the hospital.