Your health record goes with you We’re upgrading our system in a big way In a world where digital technology has made life easier, electronic health records (EHR) are helping improve patient care too. An EHR is a digital version of your health history. It’s like the paper charts doctors have used for years, except that it exists in electronic form on tablets or other computers. Later this year, the ERH at Southeastern Health (SeHealth) will be replaced with a new system that’ll work even better for you and the doctors who care for you. Many providers, one record to sunset in a few years. That means it will no longer be supported by its vendor and available to use, according to Steve simply replace the current EHR, hospital leaders decided it was time for an upgrade. The search for a new system began in by the software company Epic, which many of North Carolina’s major health systems already use. The new EHR will have many advantages, says Milston. For one, it will provide what’s known as a “single solution.” Today, the hospital and the clinics use different EHRs. So do oth- is complete, SeHealth’s hospital and clinics will use a single records system. And independent providers who chose to will be able to access the Epic software too. “They will stay independent; they don’t become part of our whatever they’re running today.” The good news for patients What does all this mean for you? For one thing, you won’t go to the hospital. And your primary doctor and specialists will have more complete information about your health, such as: • Your past illnesses. • A list of medicines you’re taking and whether any of them might interact with other medications you’re prescribed. • Any allergies you have. • Tests or procedures you’ve had in the past. When each of your providers has a full picture of your medical history, it helps them take better care of you. “It really comes down to patient safety and delivering the right care at the right time,” Milston said. “And when I say ‘patient,’ - er seen a doctor could be a patient tomorrow.” SeHealth providers manage chronic conditions that are prevalent in Robeson and surrounding counties—like diabetes, for example. “Over time, we will have an opportunity to modify the system to help us better meet the needs of the patients and communities we serve,” Milston said. More ways to manage your health Of course, you can access your health records too. It belongs to you, after all. “It empowers you to be an active participant in your own health care,” said Milston.In time, a new patient web portal (MyChart) will replace the current one on SeHealth’s website. You’ll be able to use it to access your medical records from a smartphone, tablet or other device. Plus, MyChart will include extra smartphone features. For example, the secure system will allow you to: • Contact your doctor to ask a question. • Make appointments. • View test results. • Get a paperless summary of services after a doctor visit. • Review and pay bills online. • Access all of your medical records in one place, from other clinics or doctors that use Epic. Your health information goes with you, whether you’re in Lumberton or visiting Florida, Milston says. • View and manage your personal health record. You can even upload medical documents, like your children’s immunization records. • See your inpatient and outpatient health information in one place. Steve Milson, CIO, SeHealth Set for a smooth transition The new system will roll out in two phases. The hospital and eight clinics will go live with Epic this Novem- time and will include our Cancer Center, Home Health and Hospice, and Cardiology,” Milston said.
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