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Piedmont Columbus Regional Launches Epic Electronic Medical Records System
Piedmont Columbus Regional launched Epic, the most widely-used and comprehensive health records system in the United States, on July 1 to provide a platform for integrated care and ensure patients have convenient digital access to their health information.

The new system stores patients’ health information from across the Piedmont Healthcare system in one electronic medical chart, so each patient has only one comprehensive medical record in Epic, no matter which Piedmont hospital, doctor’s office or clinic he or she visits. This implementation represents an investment of more than $30 million by Piedmont Healthcare.

The launch at Piedmont Columbus Regional campuses – Midtown, Northside and its John B. Amos Cancer Center, 30 Piedmont physicians’ offices and two Piedmont Urgent Care locations – came following nearly one year of preparation, training more than 2,000 clinicians and other hospital staff for the new system. To help with the launch, more than 200 volunteers from other Piedmont hospitals who are already familiar with Epic provided at-the-elbow support for Piedmont Columbus Regional.

“We are pleased and excited to offer a new level of convenience to our patients for their healthcare needs,” said Scott Hill, chief executive officer (CEO) of Piedmont Columbus Regional. “Doctors will now be able to pull up a patient’s medical history quickly and know about current medications, allergies and other essential patient information. That kind of transparency and communication is crucial to caring for our patients and helping them stay healthy.”

In addition, patients and their designated caregivers seen at Piedmont Columbus Regional can use Epic’s MyChart for personalized and secure online access to their health information. MyChart lets patients communicate with providers, schedule appointments, refill prescriptions, and more. It’s now also easier for patients to receive care with a Piedmont doctor or at Piedmont Urgent Care locations through online and on-the-go appointment booking.

“The convenience of MyChart is a game-changer for our patients across our service area in west Georgia and east Alabama,” said Bill Brouwer, president, Piedmont Columbus Regional Medical Group. “They’ll be able to check on their latest test results and make online appointments as easily as they can check the weather on their phone. It gives our patients the tools they need to be active participants in their own wellness.”

 

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