EMR now in clinics

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The School of Medicine's patient clinics are converting to an electronic medical records system for ease of use between clinics and physicians. Screen shot by Kevin Murphy.

School of Medicine clinics are now in the process of converting patients' paper medical records to electronic medical records (EMR).

All Las Vegas clinics have converted to Centricity Business, a practice management system that handles scheduling and billing; the family and internal medicine clinics in Las Vegas and Reno have converted to both Centricity Business and Centricity Practice Solution, which is the EMR management system. These two systems work in tandem—when a patient medical record is created in Centricity Business, a chart is automatically created in Centricity Practice Solution.

Other clinics are being converted to the Centricity EMR system including the surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics clinics in Las Vegas. The long-term goal is to have all School of Medicine clinics converted to electronic medical records.

The process of converting paper medical records to the EMR is through diffusion; that is, the only items initially transferred from paper records to the EMR — or, more technically, preloaded to the EMR — are current problems, current medications and allergies. The rest of the patient's medical information is input as "new" when the patient is seen at the clinic.

EMR information is stored on School of Medicine servers with the support of the University of Nevada, Reno IT department, and the data are completely isolated and secure. Records are sent to outside vendors-say, from a clinic to a pharmacy-through encrypted channels.

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