Good Samaritan streamlines

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The Good Samaritan Society care facility has updated its filing system by switching to the electronic medical record system. The agency no longer needs to use bulky files to store its information.

The new change not only makes finding information easier, it builds relationships between residents and staff, said director of nursing services Greg Persinger. The change took place Jan. 22, and Persinger said there are benefits to using the new system. With the new system, nurses can pull up files electronically to search for a specific bit of information, he said.

“I am seeing it helps the nurses keep track of what they are doing,” Persinger said.

Administrator Ryan Mertz said EMR is important for many reasons, because more people can access records instead of digging through files one at a time. Through EMR, a person can get information and answers more quickly. Before they had to record documents by hand, and through the new system, it updates files automatically to improve quality care.

The EMR system allows Good Samaritan staff members to spend more time with the residents, Mertz said. The system saves time as all they have to do is enter the information and it is channeled right away, he said.

The program has built in alerts and reminders for accountability. The system alerts a nurse when a patient needs to have medications at a certain time.

Charge nurse Jacoba De Boer said she likes the new system because it is better, faster and more efficient. The computer gives her reminders for a patient’s needs so she doesn’t forget. If a patient is taking an antibiotic, the information is put into the computer and she can easily pull the file up.

“EMR will help families be more educated about their loved ones,” Mertz said.

Electronic medical records implementation consultant Susan Strivens from the Good Samaritan Society Headquarters in Sioux Falls, S.D., trained nurses at the Good Samaritan Center in Socorro on how to use the new system.

Nurses learned how to admit a patient electronically rather than on paper, submit a physician’s orders, enter information in the electronic system, write doctor’s notes for specific medications, progress notes, which is daily charting and progression and the electronic medication administration records.

“Electronic medical record allows Good Samaritan Society to continue to work with other health care providers that have already transitioned to EMR,” Mertz said. “It allows us to continue to work with them and stay competitive with other nursing home providers.”