Lexington Regional Health Center moves to consolidate EHR systems

Lexington (Neb.) Regional Health Center is taking steps to implement an integrated EHR system, the Lexington Clipper-Herald reports.

The health center uses two EHRs: one for the hospital and a separate one for the center's affiliated clinic, Family Medicine Specialists, which it added about five years ago.

Though Lexington's current EHR software provider claimed it could bridge the two systems, the hospital's CFO, Wade Eschenbrenner, declared at a July 31 board meeting: "We are five years down the road and they are no closer than they were."

At the meeting, the board authorized hospital CEO Leslie Marsh and Mr. Eschenbrenner to discuss the IT capital request with bond holders so that the hospital can begin negotiations with an EHR vendor.

"To be successful over the next 10 years we need to have an integrated system," Mr. Eschenbrenner said.. "Having two systems has been difficult."

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