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Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday authorized the upgrade of the fetal monitoring system for the Birth Place department, which would create a fetal electronic medical record.
The new system, Philips OB TraceVue, would provide accurate and up-to-date surveillance on a mother and child during the birthing process while creating a comprehensive patient record for access by physicians. The system also can help assess quality of bedside care by accessing a library of clinical and administrative reports.
The new system was approved at $139,678 for software and hardware, which officials said should be active by September.
The hospital only budgeted $100,000 for the upgrade. Elmer Cummings, vice president and chief financial officer, said the hospital would substitute money from another project in the capital budget to cover the overage.