On March 1, 2018, Spooner Health will convert its current electronic health record software system to Epic, the number one electronic health record software company in the country. Epic will allow for Spooner Health to communicate better with other Epic facilities, including Essentia Health.
An electronic health record is a digital version of a patient’s medical history. It includes basic identifying information, past medical history, immunizations, lab data, radiology reports, progress notes and more. An electronic health record allows for healthcare facilities to easily and securely share medical information for better patient care.
What are the benefits of Epic?
- All health information is accessible to all Epic facilities, including Essentia Health, eliminating the need to repeat health history to new medical providers. This includes lab work, medications, x-rays, allergies and all other health-related information.
- A patient’s healthcare team, including Essentia Health clinic providers, will have secure access to centrally located information, providing improved patient care and quality by reducing the risk of errors and duplication of services. This provides a better continuity of care for the patient.
- Epic allows for faster diagnostics and decisions by your healthcare provider because there is no paperwork to wait for and tests are received quicker and more efficiently.
- Some health information, like follow-up instructions and appointments, will be available online through a product called MyHealth. Simply log on to www.SpoonerHealth.com and click on “MyHealth” to start the registration process.
CEO of Spooner Health, Mike Schafer, says “The conversion to Epic will greatly benefit our patients. Spooner Health will be able to communicate effectively and securely with other Epic facilities, ultimately delivering better patient care.”
“Our staff have trained for two months in order to prepare for this transition. They already love what they see and are excited to roll out the benefits to our patients.”
Spooner Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital with a wide range of services from emergency and inpatient care to outpatient therapy, surgery and diagnostic imaging. Spooner Health is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare with excellent service.