EMR is an acronym for Electronic Medical Record. It is a patient medical record, generated and managed via a secure computer network in a hospital. YRMC's EMR – known as Project CARE – replaces paper charting and traditional file storage. Through this technology we are able to consolidate our patients' medical records and streamline our patient care process, allowing us to be more efficient and accurate with our patient information. In addition, the information is more secure.
Simply put, it's about patient care. Providing our patients with advanced healthcare will always be our primary motivation.
Your relationship with your caregivers will not change. You will continue to visit with your care team at YRMC in the same way you always have. Your healthcare continues to be, first and foremost, a one-to-one, person-to-person experience. Nothing will replace that! You will now have the added assurance that your medical records are always up-to-date and right where we need them, when we need them.
As your caregivers talk with you about your care, you will notice that they will enter your information into a computer workstation rather than writing it down on a piece of paper. The workstations will vary depending on the unit. In some rooms, you will notice a computer monitor and keyboard on a wall mount. Some units will use portable work stations mounted on wheels. The functionality might be a little different but the purpose is the same – to replace the paper chart.
Rather than leafing through a chart, the staff may look at a computer monitor to gather the necessary information for your care.
It's important to keep in mind that the caregiver is not ignoring you.
They are simply looking at your medical record, just like they would do with a paper chart.
If at any time you would like to know what they are doing, just ask!
An Electronic Medical Record is safer than a paper chart. As the physician, nurse or other staff member enters information into the workstation in your room, it is immediately transmitted to a highly secure YRMC data center. No information is stored on the computers in the patient rooms.
Only caregivers who need to know your health information will have access to it. Those who access your records throughout the hospital have to log-in and out and will only have access to the information they need to care for you. And because the transaction is digital, caregiver access can be tracked.
Patients are still protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Also known as HIPAA, this act protects the patient's right to privacy. It doesn't matter if the records are paper or digital, patient medical records are confidential. Period.