Medical Center Hospital to Share Digital Records

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Your health care made simple.

That's what West Texas health officials said after the Ector County Hospital Board passed a measure on Tuesday night that will allow digital record sharing between Medical Center Hospital and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin.

They say their main goal is accuracy.

"I think we're of the leading edge of doing this. Some other areas have done this but its something. Number one thing is continuity and patient care, so basically it's all about the patient," MCH Chief Information Officer, Gary Barnes, said.

MCH says they want to do the transition right, so they're going to update the system one department at a time.

Health officials also say keeping digital records could be a huge cost saver down the road.