Bridgeport Hospital campus deploys Epic EHR

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Milford, Conn.-based Bridgeport Hospital, a Yale New Haven Health hospital, is now live on an Epic EHR.

Bridgeport Hospital's Milford campus transitioned to Epic Sept. 27, bringing it on the same EHR system used by other Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health hospitals. Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health implemented Epic six years ago.

The Milford campus, formerly Milford Hospital, began the implementation process in June after the hospital officially integrated with Yale New Haven Health. Edward Tuohy, MD, an attending cardiologist at Bridgeport Hospital, said the new EHR will support interoperability between the Milford campus and other Yale New Haven Health hospitals, according to the news release.

"I've been here for 25 years, from house [physician] to attending cardiologist," Dr. Tuohy said. "When I started, we had paper charts, each hospital with a different EHR. Now, we all have one system and one set of information. If you want to take better care of patients, it's all about having the information at your fingertips – test results, medication lists, images. Physicians will be able to view images from our offices or another hospital within five minutes after the test. That leads to better quality and reduces the risk of mistakes."

With Epic, Milford campus patients can also access the EHR vendor's online patient portal MyChart. Patients can use the system to view their medical records, manage appointments and message their health providers.

Bridgeport Hospital is a 501-bed acute care, nonprofit hospital. It comprises two campuses, plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital.

Editor's note: This article was updated Oct. 11 at 8:00 a.m.

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