St. Charles debuts new $79.5M Epic EHR

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Bend, Ore.-based St. Charles Health System is scheduled to go live April 7 on a new Epic EHR that costs roughly $79.5 million, KTVZ.com reports.

The project, which has been underway since September 2016, will bring St. Charles' four hospitals, and family care, immediate care and specialty care clinics onto the same system for patient records, care delivery processes, registration and billing. With Epic's MyChart patient portal, St. Charles patients will be able to access their health records online, view test results, book appointments and pay bills. The health system is also piloting an e-visit program at one of its clinics and self-check-in tablets at three other sites.

"Our caregivers will change the way they do their work on April 7," Iman Simmons, COO at St. Charles, told KTVZ.com. "When we follow evidence-based standard work in every department at every facility, we enhance patient safety and the quality of care. Epic gives us more tools to support continuous improvement and do what is best for our patients and community."

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