JOHNSTOWN, PA — Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) announced today that the Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) has been awarded a $346,500 federal grant for the development of an electronic medical records system that will reduce medical errors and improve patient safety.
“Many of our rural medical centers rely on outdated practices for the storage and communication of patient information,” said Critz. “With today’s technology, patients are demanding an electronic medical records system that provides safer medical care, with fewer medical errors, and an easier and more efficient means of communication between providers.”
Statistics show that consistency and communication of patient data amongst caregivers equates to a substantial decrease in medical errors. Given this data, the IRMC intends to implement an electronic medical records system to connect its facility and the many physician offices that surround the hospital.
“These funds will help Indiana Regional Medical Center pursue multiple technologies to enhance disaster recovery tools, the electronic exchange of patient information between physicians and the hospital, and web-based Patient Portals that securely provide clinical information to patients,” added Wade Patrick, Chief Information Officer, Indiana Regional Medical Center. “All of these technologies directly relate to the ongoing Electronic Medical Record efforts at IRMC for our patients and community.”
This funding was secured by the late-Congressman John P. Murtha in the fiscal year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill and was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week.