Weems adds electronic medical recordkeeping

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM.

“This is a ‘win-win” of us not having to put up money upfront,” he said, “It’s a way for doctors completing charts in a more timely fashion, which has been a problem in the past.”

Brownsworth said he was not concerned CSS was not yet certified for Phase 2 of Medicare’s electronic health record mandate, since only six vendors on the market are certified as of now.

“That’s more than a year away, in Jan. 2015, and they anticipate to be certified in October or November of 2014,” he said.

The EMR system is expected to go live in the rest of the hospital, the clinics and ambulance system by March 1, 2014, Brownsworth said.

He said advanced registered nurse practitioner Dana Whaley and Dr. Eugene Charbonneau have been seeing about 20 to 25 patients per day at Weems East in Carrabelle, while Weems West has only been attracting about eight to 10 patients per day. He said he expects the clinic’s volume in Apalachicola to rise once renovation is fully complete on Dr. Stephen Miniat’s former offices.

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