Electronic Health Records: Keeping Your Child Connected
Whether your child is seeing his or her physician for a routine check-up or making an unanticipated visit to the emergency department, his or her physicians need immediate access to your child’s medical records to make the most informed decisions regarding care.
Children's Hospital Colorado is proud to offer a pediatric electronic health records (EHR) system that allows physicians and other healthcare providers throughout the community to access patient data. Enabling pediatricians and other healthcare providers throughout our community to efficiently access and share clinical patient data at the point of care helps ensure that every child receives the most effective and immediate care where and when they need it.
A Unified Approach
Children’s began integrating its hard-copy files into the EHR database in 2001. Pediatricians, nurses and our specialists can access records via the Internet whenever necessary, so your child’s medical records are easily available to physicians to review past medical consultations and any test results. For parents, this means that diagnosis and treatment may occur much more quickly and with better overall outcomes so children often can return to their normal activities sooner.
Is My Child’s Information Safe?
Unlike nationally based systems, our system is specifically designed to connect Colorado’s pediatric community and incorporates a multi-layered security system to help keep your child’s health information safe. Some of these safeguards include:
Data access logs to show who logs on and when
Firewalls that block any unauthorized attempts to access information
Fully encrypted data to protect all medical information
Two levels of user authentication that require the user to log on to the server as well as the application’s site
Regular audits to identify any unusual patterns of activity
Specific levels of access for those using the system to ensure only care providers can access medical information about your child
This added protection allows records to remain private and accessible only to healthcare providers caring for your child. At Children’s, our goal is to ensure your child receives a high level of care, and updating and protecting his or her information are keys to making sure your child remains as safe and healthy as possible.
Only two to five percent of U.S. hospitals currently use electronic health records.