East Hawaii health care providers go electronic
Ventura County Star
HILO, Hawaii (AP) – Many Big Island health care providers have computerized their medical records earlier than many others in Hawaii.
The move to electronic medical records is mandated by "Obamacare." Those facilities that don’t comply will be fined. According to "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" reporter Colin Stewart, hospitals in East Hawaii have saved "both money and trouble" by converting to electronic records. The deadline to change over is 01 January 2015. Dr. Robert Irvine, the chairman of the East Hawaii Regional Board, says that the Hilo Medical Center, Ka’u Hospital, and Hale Ho’ola Hamakua "realized the importance and need for (electronic medical records) more than five years ago…whent the HealthConnect System was selected, installed and went live on May 1, 2010–half a decade before teh deadline." Aloha, Russ.
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