Oakland, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente announced a milestone achievement in health information technology—bringing electronic health records (EHR) to 22 hospitals serving 4.8 million members, the most hospitals using electronic medical records of any civilian hospital system in the nation, according to the Oakland, Calif.-based insurer. The latest count results from full inpatient implementation of Kaiser Permanente's EHR, KP HealthConnect (civilian electronic health record) in 12 Southern California hospitals. An end-to-end electronic health records covers all of the region’s 3.3 million members.

"This milestone reinforces Kaiser Permanente's position as the industry leader in leveraging health information technology to improve patient care and service," says John Mattison, chief medical information officer, assistant medical director and director of the KP HealthConnect program for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. "The deployment of KP HealthConnect has proven to be an integral part of improving patient safety, coordinating care and decision-making, enhancing documentation, adhering to evidence-based clinical guidelines and improving provider and operational efficiency. Having KP HealthConnect in Kaiser Permanente's Southern California hospitals will help us continue to provide our patients with high-quality, compassionate care in both the in-patient and out-patient settings."

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