Lavaca Medical Center (LMC), a rural critical access hospital in South central Texas, has teamed up with Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to transform its electronic health record (EHR) to support improved patient experiences.
The implementation of this new technology has been a big step forward for LMC as the hospital moves its emergency department and clinic from a paper-based medical records system, to a fully integrated EHR through the Cerner Millennium® platform. Through this patient-centric health record, LMC staff members can now access a digital record of their patients’ health history, including clinical and financial data that provides doctors and nurses with a more complete, near real-time view of a person’s health.
“As health care continues to change and evolve it is critically important that our systems are best equipped to handle the needs of today’s patient population,” said Dale Zoch-Hardilek, chief information officer, LMC. Cerner’s technology has helped us optimize patient care by providing more convenience and better efficiency between different departments and facilities within our network.”
LMC’s new EHR is deployed through the Cerner CommunityWorks model that leverages cloud-based technology to deliver the power of Cerner Millennium. This model is specifically tailored to support the unique needs of community, critical access and specialty hospitals. Cerner will support LMC’s 25-bed critical access hospital and clinic as they provide care for more than 19,000 patients annually throughout Hallettsville, Texas, and surrounding areas.
“The decision by LMC to move to a fully integrated EHR was an excellent step in the journey to improve care and streamline the patient experience,” said Mitchell Clark, president CommunityWorks, Cerner. “We are committed to providing technology and services to help health care facilities thrive, and to help individuals in all communities gain access to quality, comprehensive health care.”