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Eye on Health: Technology for Patients

Eye on Health: Technology for Patients

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Technology is key for any successful business, and it's no different for Trinity Hospital.

In fact, a physician looks over your electronic records every time you come in.

In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge tells us about Trinity's use of technology.

Hundreds and hundreds of computers and electronic devices are used often by health care workers at Trinity Hospital and all of it's clinics.

Here at the information technology department in a back area of the hospital, they keep it all running and up to date, every hour of every day.

(David Wanner, Chief Information Officer) "Technology is at the forefront, every business is driven by it."

A patient's records are accessed electronically. In recent years, Trinity has been recognized nationally as a Most Wired Hospital." Wanner says Trinity is currently in the top 12-percent of hospitals when it comes to technology. And the process isn't finished. They hope to be in the top 2 and a half percent of hospitals by the end of the year.

(David Wanner, Chief Information Officer) "Trinity has had success and we will continue on with that."

One of the greatest benefits to patients is still to come. Eventually, a patient will be able to log on to website to review their own records.

(David Wanner, Chief Information Officer) "If you need your lab results, or radiology, or if you want to ask your doctor a question."

Trinity is also part of the statewide health care exchange, recently announced by the governor.

It means health care providers in any N.D. hospital have access to your information if you are a patient there. Wanner says the use of technology is responsible for some great improvements in medical care.

For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge

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