Electronic Medical Records

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Hospitals and clinics across central Wisconsin are making a change that's giving them quicker access to medical records, and doctors say it's catching on fast.

Electronic medical filing has already been in place in some clinics for several years.

Now, doctors who support it are trying to spread the filing system to other medical centers, because they say it saves time on things like filling prescriptions.

"We're having less chance of drug interactions and the pharmacist can actually read our prescription instead of trying to guess what our prescription says," said Dr. Pete Sanderson.

Dr. Sanderson says power outages and computer failure can cause problems with the electronic system, but more problems were caused when his clinic used only the paper records.

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