Saturday, August 3, 2013
Epic, for Providence Hood River Hospital, is not a thick tale of fiction, but a deep set of data.
EpicCare Link is an all-inclusive records system that connects care teams and patients through an electronic health record that will help the hospital provide higher quality, safer care and more personalized service centered on each patient’s health and personal goals.
Through Epic, all currently separate records — the patient record, doctor’s office record, hospital record, emergency room record and pharmacy record —will be linked, so that caregivers across the continuum have all the information they need at the time and place they need it.
Saturday at 2 a.m. at PHRM, Epic “goes live,” as hospital staff put it.
The hospital did an all-day “playground” drill using Epic on Wednesday.
Epic creates one record, giving patients easy access to their information at home or any Providence facility, and access is also available to non-Providence care providers.
Epic allows for easy, paperless referrals and automatic follow-up.
It helps clinicians deliver consistent and predictable care and minimizing mistakes, by giving providers access to complete patient information in all care settings.
For administrators it simplifies back-office functions, including creating one linked billing record.
PHRMH spokeswoman Susan Frost said “Epic will support — but never replace — the knowledgeable and compassionate human touch of our caregivers.”
Respiratory therapist Amy Bloodworth, who is among those employees who train other employees on Epic, said it will give providers more bedside time with patients.
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