Stockbridge, Ga. (October 30, 2013) – The future of patient care is coming to Piedmont Henry Hospital, as it joins the other Piedmont hospitals in transitioning on November 1, 2013 to a new, comprehensive electronic medical record and practice management system called Epic.
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.
“Epic allows patients from across the Piedmont Healthcare system to receive care at any Piedmont entity without having to repeatedly fill out the same medical forms at each facility,” said Charlie Scott, president and CEO of Piedmont Henry. “The new system gives our staff and physicians the ability to quickly pull up a patient’s medical history and know about current medications, allergies and other essential patient information.”
In addition, the implementation of the Epic system will simplify the payment process for patients. Once all Piedmont 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.
“By streamlining our records to an electronic system, Piedmont facilities can function much more efficiently, providing our patients a new level of convenience,” said Scott.
When visiting Piedmont Henry Hospital over the next few weeks, patients may experience slightly longer than normal procedure times while nurses, physicians and staff become proficient with the new system.
“Be assured that patients at all Piedmont facilities will continue to receive the highest quality care during Piedmont Henry’s transition to Epic,” said Scott.
For more information on Piedmont Henry Hospital, please visit piedmont.org.