Tim and Deb Gute demonstrate the ease available to patients who uise St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s new online portal to track their medical history, prescriptions and appointments.
Tim and Deb Gute demonstrate the ease available to patients who uise St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s new online portal to track their medical history, prescriptions and appointments.
April 15, 2014



St. Anthony Regional Hospital patients can now check their medical history, account statements and schedule appointments online.

At the beginning of April, the hospital rolled out its new program, My eChart, available to hospital and clinic patients and their families. The portal provides patients and health-care providers access to medical visit history, lab and radiology test results, medication and allergy lists, discharge and after-care information, account balances and statements, an appointment tracker with rescheduling and cancellation options, prescription-renewal requests and a messaging system that allows doctors and patients to be in direct contact to answer questions.

Carroll residents Tim and Deb Gute are two of the first patients to access the portal. Tim is the manager of The Market on 30 and Deb teaches English and theology at Kuemper Catholic High School.

Both have been impressed with its ease of use.

"I never thought about looking at my own history - I just took my doctor's word for everything," Deb said. "Today, people want to be more in touch with their health."

When she pulls up her medical history, she can trace the various appointments and exams she has had at St. Anthony back through more than two decades.

Deb said that she can also see its value for parents, who could easily track their children's immunizations, or its value for individuals who travel often and would have access to their information if an emergency occurred on a vacation or business trip far from home.

The platform also lends itself to quick adoption by a younger generation that already tracks most of their information digitally, Tim added.

"It's easier to make decisions when you're more informed," he said.

Though the portal is not currently set up to remind patients to schedule annual exams, such as breast or prostate, the portal will notify patients when a paper reminder has been mailed, essentially performing that function, said Ed Smith, hospital president and chief executive officer.

Smith said the hospital falls in the middle of industry adoption of such platforms. Several medical providers across the nation and in Carroll have begun to incorporate similar web-based platforms for patients to manage their own information.

Hospital leaders are proud of the "simplicity and ease of use" and their new portal, Smith added.