Christus Health weighs in on EHR functionality after Hurricane Harvey

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Hospital operations at various facilities took a hit in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which battered the east coast of Texas Friday.

Irving, Texas-based Christus Health, for example, closed several sites in Houston and Beaumont, Texas, due to heavy flooding, a health system spokesperson told Becker's Hospital Review via email. However, for the most part, its EHRs remained functional.

"Our South Texas regions' EHR, both for our hospitals and clinics, remained fully functional during the land fall of Harvey," the spokesperson wrote. "We only lost connectivity to a few closed clinics who were dealing with power issues. If any of our patients in the South Texas region lost their paper medical records, and they have been a Christus Spohn patient or a Christus Physician Group or Promptu patient, our providers should have their medical records in digital form."

"We remain aware that we may have disruption of network connectivity which relies on power and telecommunication networks," she continued. "Given those circumstances, we are prepared with the necessary backup response."

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