September 10, 2012 -
On Wednesday night at its regularly scheduled meeting, Olympic Medical Center’s board of commissioners approved an agreement with Providence Health & Services Community Connect to implement a shared electronic health record (EHR) system known as the Providence build of Epic. Epic is the most highly rated EHR available today. The EHR will enable OMC to deliver comprehensive and coordinated care for patients across all care settings. OMC is an affiliate of Seattle-based Swedish Health Services, which joined forces with Providence in February of this year.
“Epic will replace a number of our current systems by providing a single database, enterprise-wide EHR that will benefit patients by putting the right information in the right hands at the right time,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical. “These improvements to continuity of care and communication will transform health care in our community and for those patients needing services through our affiliated partners at Swedish. This EHR is a key part of our Swedish affiliation that has the goal of offering more local services and better communication for patients needing to travel to Swedish for services not offered locally.”
With Epic, patient health information – such as medications, treatment records and lab results – will be available to providers in real time, giving them instant access to a patient’s medical history. Patients will also be able to view their health record through an online patient portal, giving them greater participation in their care.
OMC is projected to go live on the EHR
in May 2013. OMC must meet this deadline to achieve Meaningful Use requirements, and receive more than $7 million of Medicare funding available to the organization for achieving Meaningful Use. Any hospital that fails to meet Meaningful Use requirements by 2015 will receive Medicare reimbursement cuts and lose the extra EHR funding.
About Providence Health & Services
Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, Providence and Swedish Health Services formed an affiliation, expanding both organizations’ ability to carry out their individual missions. With this affiliation, the combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. Together, Providence and Swedish are working to improve quality, increase access and reduce the cost of care in all of the communities they serve.
About Olympic Medical Center
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.