Two Oklahoma hospitals working on eliminating paper

Sunday, October 17th 2004, 6:31 pm
By: News On 6

At least two Oklahoma hospitals are making an effort to eliminate paper. St Francis Heart Hospitals in Tulsa and Oklahoma City are replacing paper files and hard to read handwritten prescriptions.

They're going with an interconnected electronic records system. The change is not cheap. It will cost more than $8-million.

Supporters say the benefits outweigh the costs. They say lab results are reported, and prescriptions are filled quicker.

In addition, errors from bad handwriting will disappear.