Atlanta, Ga. (April 29, 2013) – The future of patient care is coming to Piedmont Fayette and Piedmont Mountainside hospitals, which are transitioning to a new, comprehensive electronic medical record and practice management system called Epic on May 1, 2013.
The new system, which stores all health information from each of the Piedmont hospitals and doctors’ offices into one electronic medical chart, will allow doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel across the Piedmont Healthcare system to access patient information. Test results, patient charts, reports and other important information will be available in real time at all Piedmont facilities.
“One benefit of this new system is that it saves our patients from having to fill out the same forms when they visit multiple Piedmont locations,” said Michael Burnett, chief administrative officer of Piedmont Fayette. “Plus, our doctors will be able to validate medical history much faster. They’ll know what medications you’re on, if you have any allergies and other medical issues upon your arrival.”
In addition, the implementation of the Epic system will simplify the payment process for patients. Once all Piedmont Healthcare facilities have transitioned to the new electronic medical record, there will only be one Piedmont bill, even if the patient is visiting more than one Piedmont facility.
“The electronic medical record system makes the whole process more streamlined and efficient,” said Denise Ray, chief administrative officer at Piedmont Mountainside. “Our patients will notice a difference in the level of convenience when they come to us for healthcare needs.”
When visiting these hospitals over the next few weeks, patients may find some processes are taking slightly longer than normal as the nurses, physicians and staff become proficient with the new system.
“Be assured, as always, that patients will continue to receive very good care during this transition,” said Burnett. “We greatly appreciate our community’s support, and we look forward to providing our patients with this enhanced feature, which we know will be an added benefit to the overall patient experience at Piedmont.”