Rural Hospitals Face Tough Choices On Computerized Records
RED LODGE, MT - One of the biggest challenges American hospitals face right now is adopting electronic medical records systems. It’s costing tens of billions of dollars, eating up tons of staff time and it's especially tough for the country's 2,000 rural and small town hospitals.
Rural hospitals are typically cash strapped, and people with information technology skills can be hard to find outside of big cities.
“There was a time that the nurses won't let me forget,” he says. “I drove my tractor to work one day because I couldn't get my truck here. I had to plow with the tractor all the way to the hospital, and I just kept it here.”
On days like that, Oley and his patients are particularly grateful for his hospital's electronic medical records. He can share patient records instantly and securely with the big hospital in Billings and get expert advice on an almost daily basis. Continue>
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