Some facts about the medical records that are kept at Intermountain Medical Center:
- The Medical Records Department, which is also known as Health Information Management, compiles and maintains medical records for patients at Intermountain Medical Center.
- The department's mission is to provide the hospital's care providers with timely, complete information that helps them deliver the highest quality of care - and to protect patient privacy by sharing information only with the professional staff who have a legitimate need to know.
- A patient's medical records contain information compiled from many sources such as bedside charts kept by physicians and nurses, voice transcription files recorded by physicians, and monitoring equipment. The records contain information that is critically important to quality patient care.
- Medical Records also collects a significant amount of information for quality improvement, research, and billing purposes.
- They make sure records are complete and comply with federal, state, and accreditation regulations.
- The 45 employees in Medical Records support the hospital 24/7. They're also open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide information to patients or their authorized representatives. For more information, call (801) 507-2900.
"Our goal is to provide complete, accurate, and timely information about a patient, whether it's for patient care, for the patient themselves, or for improving care," says Kay Bauer, the department's director.