Spring Harbor Hospital Receives $150,000 Planning Grant For Shared Electronic Medical Records
August 3, 2010-Spring Harbor Hospital has received a $150,000 grant from the JTG Foundation to plan the development of a common electronic medical record system for both the hospital and other members of the Maine Mental Health Partners system. A secure electronic patient record will enable the system's healthcare providers to deliver timely, effective treatment from multiple care sites thanks to seamless access to the treatment history of each patient.
"A common, secure patient record that is available in real time across a patient's many caregivers will improve the efficiency and cost of treatment delivery by reducing clinical re-assessment and paperwork," said Dennis King, Spring Harbor's CEO. "It will also address patients' understandable frustration at being asked to explain their mental health history and any longstanding symptoms by each different provider."
The vision of a common electronic mental health record is one that Spring Harbor Hospital shares with a number of partner organizations within the Maine Mental Health Partners system: Maine Medical Center's Outpatient Mental Health Clinics and Emergency Psychiatry Department in Portland (from which more than half of all Spring Harbor Hospital patients arrive seeking treatment); Community Counseling Center of Portland; Integrated Behavioral Healthcare of Scarborough; Southern Maine Medical Center's inpatient and outpatient mental health programs in Biddeford; and Mid Coast Mental Health Center in Rockland and Belfast. All told, these sites deliver mental health services to some 25,000 Maine people in need each year, a portion of whom are unable to pay for their treatment.
"We are grateful to the JTG Foundation for sharing our vision of harnessing technology to offer care that is not only confidential and effective, but also patient-friendly and provided at the right time and best cost," King stated.