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Archive for May, 2012

Marlin & Rays opens

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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UNCW Entrepreneurship Center director resigns

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Jonathan Rowe will join a local tech start-up firm

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Petition moves forward

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Move could prompt stadium-funding question to be put before city voters

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Judge tells John Edwards jury to keep deliberating

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The judge in John Edwards’ campaign corruption trial is telling jurors to keep deliberating after she apparently misunderstood them and thought they had reached a verdict on all six counts.

The jury was called into the courtroom Thursday and U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles said she understood the panel had reached a verdict on all counts. That’s when the jury foreman said no.

The jury said it had reached a verdict on one count of taking illegal campaign contributions. The money involves payments from wealthy donor Rachel “Bunny” Mellon.

The verdict was not announced.

Edwards is accused of masterminding a plan to use money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he ran for president in 2008.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NHRMC moves to electronic patient records

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The way doctors access your medical records may soon change. But what will it mean for you?

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is hoping to better connect with their patients thanks to a new electronic health records system, NHRMC Connect, which is going online Saturday. The new system allows doctors to access health records almost immediately by plugging into the database.

“We’re going to be doing order entry in the process, but it also will give them access to information from home that they can get some of their test results and other opportunities, but also, if it’s in their chart, if they’re at another EPIC hospital, that information will be there,” NHRMC CEO Jack Barto said.

Barto says with change comes anxiety, but the staff at the hospital is well trained and capable of providing the best healthcare possible.

“Remember, we know how to take care of patients,” he said. “We’re still going to take care of patients on an everyday basis. It’s the way we document that that’s changing.”

Staff has trained for months to ensure they understand the new system and can use it efficiently.

After the information is entered, it will be accessible at all the organizations connected.

“The best thing that the patient can expect is that the first time you enter your information into our system, that information will carry through the entire organization,” NHRMC Connect Program Director Heather Thorton said.

There may be speed bumps with the streamlining, but the hospital is confident the move is the best for the area.

The hospital says your information is safe within the system. It is only accessible by providers and you with access codes, much like electronic banking.

You may find the first time you go to the hospital under the new system your visit takes longer, but administrators say subsequent visits will be easier once you’re in the system.

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