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2013-07-12 – Washington Hospital goes live with $86 million Epic electronic medical records system

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Washington Hospital launched its $86 million “WeCare” electronic medical records system July 1, officials said, using technology from Epic Systems to link inpatient and outpatient units.

The electronic system also connects the Washington Outpatient Surgery Center. Later this summer, Washington Hospital hopes to launch its Washington MyChart portal, according to CEO Nancy Farber, who heads the Washington Hospital Healthcare System.

The patient portal will give patients access to test results, appointments, health histories, current medications and immunizations online.

The Epic EMR was earlier installed in ambulatory areas, including Washington Township Medical Foundation physician offices, the Ohlone Student Health Center, Washington on Wheels mobile units, the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, the Radiation Oncology Center, Washington Urgent Care, and other affiliated physicians’ offices, officials said. That process began in late 2012.

From a patient’s perspective, this means all information is on a single chart that can be tracked throughout the Washington Hospital system. The hospital system started installing the Epic EMR in the summer of 2011, and completed the implementation right on schedule. A number of other prominent hospitals and systems in the region use the same technology, including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, UCSF Medical Center, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and John Muir Health.

UCSF Medical Center and the Washington Hospital system recently announced a partnership and both parties are using the same Epic technology.

The Washington system includes nearly 540 physicians and close to 1,900 employees.

July 18, 2013