Saint Francis Healthcare System will soon go live with its new, $43 million electronic medical-records system. It will be launched July 1st. Epic, a Wisconsin-based vendor, was chosen to provide the technology products that will streamline the dissemination of patient information throughout the Saint Francis Healthcare System. The improved connectivity will help the health-care system comply with the Affordable Care Act. It will open lines of communication between health providers, and patients’ records will be more readily available. The Epic system also will lessen the time physicians spend writing notes and orders and increase their time available for direct patient contact. Director of Marketing Felicia Blanton tells KZIM KSIM how Epic benefits the hospital.’
The new system also facilitates the flow of information among Saint Francis-affiliated offices, allowing physicians to see the medications prescribed and procedures done on a patient rather than relying on the patient to remember and report his or her medical history.