Patients and providers throughout Aspen Valley Hospital’s Network of Care will soon be switching to the Epic electronic medical records system and its patient portal known as MyChart, the most widely used patient portal in the country.
The Hospital is making the switch on October 1. Epic’s MyChart portal is intuitive in its design, which makes it easy for patients to use on either a computer or a mobile phone with the MyChart app.
“We chose Epic because it is the gold standard of electronic medical records and it is uniquely capable of supporting the highest level of quality and patient safety, and MyChart provides an optimal connection between our patients and their providers,” says Hospital CEO Dave Ressler.
Once the switch is made, the Hospital and its practices, like Aspen Valley Primary Care, will begin placing all new records on the Epic system.
Patients will notice the change and the benefits right away. The portal is designed to ease communication between doctor and patient, with a messaging system to get quick questions answered, plus virtual consultations when appropriate, and easy scheduling for in-person visits. Patients can also choose an English or Spanish-based version of the platform.
All relevant information a patient needs can be accessed in MyChart, including:
- Diagnoses and progress notes by doctors
- Lab results and imaging
- Drug prescription management
- Hospital billing and insurance payments
- Upcoming appointments and vaccination reminders
“MyChart helps patients take a more active role in their healthcare – with a complete understanding of their health information,” Ressler says.
Parents will find a big advantage in managing their children’s care through MyChart. The dashboard allows families or medical guardians to keep track of appointments, schedule visits and support family members who need help managing their care. Parents with pre-adolescent children will have full access to their children’s medical records.
For doctors, PTs and other staff, the new system will cut down on paperwork and allow them to spend more time with patients. For instance, the e-messaging tool allows patients to get questions answered and possibly avoid an unnecessary office visit or phone call. Test results will be shared on MyChart as well, which reduces the time and work it takes for doctors and their staff to share them with patients.
“MyChart is a proven tool that was a major part of our decision to choose Epic, and we are excited for our patients to experience its power,” Ressler says.