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Communication and efficiency are important in any business, especially for hospitals. Sidney Health Center doctors use two different types of software for patient records, one for the clinic, and another for the ER. To make things easier Sidney Health Center is teaming up with Sanford Health to get a universal software for their hospital.

The new software the hospital will be using is called Epic. Patients health records will be stored in one place, which will make things safer for patients and doctors.

"If you know what's going on, or what kind of medications or medical reactions people have, or what was being done, it really is the benefit of the patient," says Sidney Health Center CEO Richard Haraldson.

Epic has a feature called Care Anywhere, which will benefit an oil boom town like Sidney.

"You could be down in Florida, and if that's a place that has epic software, and your signed up for the care anywhere we would be able to get that information directly here," adds Haraldson.

For doctors, having instant access to health records makes all the difference in the world.

"It will help us deliver care more easier, more efficiently to the patients. It will help us track what we do, how we can improve the care," says sleep specialist Dr. Rajohn Karanji.

Syncing up the two different softwares the hospital uses now requires a lot of manual work. Once everything is put into one system, Karanji says the hospital will be much more efficient.

"That is very important, and part of the reason we are using electronic records is to make it seamless for the patients," Karanji adds.

The federal government has incentives for hospitals to switch to electronic records, and Haraldson says he hopes to go live with Epic, which is one of the largest health record softwares in the country, in June 2014.

"Over 50% of people receiving healthcare have a epic chart in the nation," adds Haraldson.

Sanford Health has partnered with 20 critical access hospitals, like Sidney Health Center, to help put in systems like Epic.

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