From Modern Healthcare:
Patients’ lengths of stay in Columbus (Ind.) Regional Hospital’s emergency department doubled in late June during a switch to an electronic health-record system, and times are still longer than usual despite improvements, hospital officials said.
The emergency department, which had used a paper system for recording patient information, switched to an electronic system the week of June 24. The hospital, as a whole, is switching to a new electronic health records system to meet the requirements of the 2009 economic stimulus legislation, which provided incentives for using electronic health records.
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