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New electronic health records launched at FMCH

Fort Madison Community Hospital launched its new electronic health records system this week.

The hospital said the $2 million project will allow patients to be seen by doctors quicker and their time at the hospital will be reduced.

CEO Jeremy Alexander said patients used to go into two separate rooms to look over health records but now it’s all on one device. 

"Now, all of the information whether it’s hospital, clinic, or both will be at their fingertips," Alexander said. "It will be at the fingertips of the physicians and ultimately our patients will be better taken care of." 

Alexander said patients should expect a couple of delays during the first few weeks because the staff is still getting used to it.

He expects more growth at the hospital with a new general surgeon and pediatrician coming on board. 

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