On November 7th, 2020, SCBHS went live with a new electronic health record system called Epic. We have been busy preparing to convert our existing electronic health record (EHR) to the Epic system as part of an effort to streamline health data exchange and access for patients and providers.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, more than half of Minnesota’s 146 hospitals and roughly 1,500 clinics use the Epic EHR system. More than 250 million patients across the globe have a current electronic record in Epic.
The goal is to provide continuity of care for all patients across all care settings.
For the first two weeks of go-live, physicians and advanced practice providers in the clinic will have reduced patient schedules, allowing more time to learn the new system as they write progress notes, review results, and schedule orders in Epic. Patients may experience longer wait times during the initial go-live period.
We want to thank everyone in advance for their patience during this transition. Having one integrated EHR and revenue cycle management system builds on our commitment to delivering the best care for our patients.
With the transition to Epic, patients at SCBHS will also receive instructions to register for Epic’s patient portal, MyChart. The online portal offers many key features, including online appointment scheduling, medication lists, after visit summaries, and the ability to message your care team. Patient portal links are below.