updated Nov. 7, 2011
When are we switching to Epic?Many physician practices have transitioned to Epic programs in the outpatient setting.
St. Francis Health campuses moved to Epic on February 26, 2011
St. Margaret Health: June 9, 2012
St. Anthony Health - Michigan City & St. Anthony Health - Crown Point: August 4, 2012
St. Elizabeth Health and St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville: April 6, 2013
St. James Health: May 11, 2013
Franciscan Healthcare - Munster: May 11, 2013
What software will be affected?The Epic transition touches nearly every hospital department and employed physician group practice. When our regions throughout our health system go live with Epic/OneChart, employees and physicians using the following Franciscan Alliance systems will be impacted:
Additional systems may be impacted at a later date.
How will this change what I do?The goal of Epic is to easily coordinate advanced care for our patients. Using Epic will require some changes, including new terminology, potential changes in processes and new methods of documenting the care you provide.
Workflow preview teams meet to discuss processes for patient care and how those might be impacted by a new electronice medical record system. Policies are reviewed to ensure that our processes are consistent with the patient care technology available through Epic. Our goal is to have all policies updated in a timely manner so that we can incorporate those changes into staff and physician training.
Why are we changing our systems now?Health care in the United States is rapidly changing to a system where care providers will be required to produce much higher quality outcomes using fewer resources and where collaboration is vital in providing top-notch, efficient patient services.
This partnership prepares Franciscan Alliance to meet the challenges of healthcare reform, including a federal mandate to transition to electronic medical record systems.
Additionally, Franciscan Alliance will have the benefit of support of federal stimulus dollars to assist in this transition.
What are some of the benefits to moving to this system?
What does the move to Epic mean for patients and families?Epic will help our clinicians provide even better care to patients. For instance, one integrated software package will make it easier for clinicians to access patient records, share information, track trends in a patient’s health history and receive alerts on best practices and reminders for health services such as flu shots. Patients later will have access to some parts of their medical records through a secure online application known as MyChart, enabling them to become informed and active participants in their health care.