(WICHITA, Kan.) — Via Christi starts up a new electronic medical record system this week. It will make sharing detailed patient files easier from clinic to clinic. However there's a learning curve to overcome for medical staff and they're asking patients to be patient.
“The years or days where an old paper chart where it's kept at the doctor's office and you know what's in it, that's gone away and so patients have access to their chart and they should,” said Via Christi’s Medical Informatics Executive Dr. Brendan Rice.
Much like the world wide web, doctors are eager for a universal medical record system where one day you can go anywhere in the country and a doctor can pull up your chart with a click of the button.
"Eventually that where states are headed-- they will be connected," said Dr. Rice.
This week, Via Christi has taken a smaller, but still very important step. It’s getting all its clinics on one uniform electronic records system.