Warren County Health Department is transitioning to electronic records.
The news isn’t good for patients seeking an appointment sooner rather than later during the changeover.
According to Health Department director Andrea Fox to members of the county Health and Welfare Committee, the transition from handheld charts to electronic health records will be made as patients are seen and that will initially slow the number of people who can be seen in a day.
“Warren County Health Department will be going live with the electronic health record Feb. 27,” said Fox. “They will begin training next week, with the go-live the following week. With that being said, there will be less appointments available during this transition.”
After the transition is complete, all patient records will be on computer.
Commissioner Tommy Savage asked if the number of patients who can be seen in a day will improve over time, to which Fox replied it will.
“Yes, it will get better,” she said. “When patients come in for the first time after the transition begins, their records must be scanned in. That will take a little longer. That won’t happen every visit. The first visit will be the longest.”
Fox apologizes for any inconvenience this change may cause.
“We have posted signs in the Health Department and communicated this upcoming change to the patients. We appreciate your patience during this transition.”
All Tennessee county health departments are switching to electronic records.