Cody Regional Health Launching New Medical Records System of “Epic” Proportions
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 12, 2022
The new platform gives patients and providers one place to easily access medical records in the Cody Regional Health system, anywhere in the Bighorn Basin and across the United States.
Cody Regional Health is completing a system-wide launch of its new Electronic Health Record (E.H.R.) system called Epic. The simultaneous “go -live” will encompass all of CRH’s medical clinics around the Bighorn Basin Region, which will exchange secure patient records across a single sharing platform.
Epic, according to its website,” develops software to help people get well, help people stay well, and help future generations be healthier.” More than 250 million patients have a current electronic record in the system.
The Epic transition for Cody Regional Health will go live on October 1, 2022.
The Epic system is possible partly through a partnership with St. Vincent Healthcare, now part of Intermountain Healthcare.
“The team has been working diligently for two years to prepare for this enhanced system,” said Doug McMillan, C.E.O. of C.R.H. Health System. “While it is a very complex process, the benefits of Epic will improve the health of our patients and provide greater support to our clinical teams. We are excited to start the transition to the new Epic system at CRH. Epic will allow patients to easily navigate and view their own records. This is one more way C.R.H. is striving to make our patients’ experience with us a positive one.”
Epic will replace Meditech – Cody Regional Health’s current medical record and patient billing software.
Patients will use a new digital tool called C.R.H. MyChart, allowing them to locate personal health information on demand easily. They will also be able to communicate more easily with their doctor, complete healthcare questionnaires before their visit, schedule appointments, and be more involved in managing their overall health.
“We want to thank our patients, residents, and clients in advance who take advantage of CRH services for their patience as we go through this transition,” states Jennifer Jones, C.R.H. Information Services Director. In order to ensure our patient records are as up-to-date as possible, we would like to remind our community members to bring in patient identification and insurance cards.
Jen Alderfer, President of St. Vincent Healthcare and Market President of the Intermountain Montana and Wyoming market, added, “Our partnership with Cody Regional Health is an exciting extension of St Vincent Healthcare’s commitment to collaborating with local partners and providing continuity of care to residents throughout northern Wyoming and Montana.”
According to Epic, hospitals and health systems that use their software hold the medical records of 54 percent of patients in the United States.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is also part of the Epic Network, which includes hospitals in all 50 states and eight other countries.