Use of eRX in County Slated for Growth

The HCC was awarded the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Network Development Grant in 2008 that allowed the organization to plan and implement several impactful health information technology programs—many of which were offered for the first time in Lafayette County.

eRX (electronic prescriptions)
Initially, no plans had been made to establish health information technology (HIT) for local providers. Beginning first with electronic prescriptions (eRx), the HCC worked with local providers to purchase hardware and software to roll out the eRx program. Within six months, the county went from virtually no providers utilizing eRx to practically a dozen providers utilizing the technology.

LRHC Automates ER from triage to discharge
Phase two of HIT implementation was the installation of the Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) that automated the entire emergency room experience, from triage to discharge, for Lexington-based Lafayette Regional Health Center (LRHC). The facility is a critical access hospital that serves all of Lafayette County and surrounding areas.

EMR's and Telemedicine
At nearly the same time, behavioral health leader Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., was installing and utilizing electronic medical records (EMRs) in their local offices. Currently, Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., and I-70 Community Hospital are also telemedicine-equipped.