As part of the Affordable Care Act, an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is the new way that all hospitals – including Kona Community Hospital and all HHSC facilities, are required to keep patient records. Our EMR system keeps track of a patient’s entire health and medical history in a computerized, secure, electronic format. This federally-mandated change helps HHSC hospitals, physicians, insurance companies, and other health providers to retrieve information much more easily than ever before, as well as make a patient’s stay or transfer much safer and more efficient. All patient files, including history, diagnosis, medications, and other important information will be kept electronically and safely stored.
In May 2010, the HHSC East Hawaii region switched to EMR, which replaced paper patient charts. On February 1, 2013, the West Hawaii region started using our new system. Maui Memorial Medical Center began use of their system on March 1, 2014. The other HHSC regions are planning their transitions in this exciting, once-in-a-lifetime project to transform how care is managed within the family of their facilities. The project involves bringing technology to HHSC in a manner that will drive excellence and automation in all of our operations.
Our new system allows online, secure access to records by patients and physicians.