July 8, 2008

Hospital Introducing Paperless Registration

NORWAY - Timothy A. Churchill, president and chief executive officer of Western Maine Health, has announced that on Wednesday, July 9, central registration at Stephens Memorial Hospital will introduce desktop document scanning and electronic signature pads for use during registration.

The Valco Paperless Registration system has been added as the next step in the progress toward implementing the electronic patient medical record as part of the patient safety, security and efficiency programs at the hospital, Churchill said.

Changes that patients will see upon coming to central registration will be the scanning into medical record of photo IDs for positive identification purposes by healthcare providers, as well as other documents such as insurance card(s).

Other paper documents, such as consents and notices that were signed by the patients, will be created electronically and signed using an electronic signature pad and stored in electronic medical records.

In the future, the medical records, patient billing, accounting and material management departments will move toward computerized record keeping.

Visit Stephens Memorial Hospital on the Internet at www.wmhcc.org.

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