EMR problems result in paper documentation at Washington hospital since Saturday


Physicians at an Aberdeen, Wash., hospital have turned to paper documentation after experiencing difficulties with its EMR, according to The Daily World.

Grays Harbor Community Hospital uses one of Meditech's EMRs. While the EMR is fully operational, it cannot communicate with other systems and networks in the hospital, Nancee Long, director of marketing and public relations for Grays Harbor Community Hospital said.

For example, if a patient gets blood work, the results would need to be called into the physician. This has caused physicians at Grays Harbor Community Hospital to use paper documentation.

Hospital staff have been in a "downtime protocol" since June 15. Grays Harbor Community Hospital hopes the issues will be resolved within the week.

No employees have been sent home because of the computer problems. Additionally, the hospital has not turned away patients. Instead, some patients have been asked to fill out paperwork on their past medical history and bring medications to their visits, Ms. Long said.

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