The division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine is the most recent in the SLUCare practice to join Project ARK (Automated Record Keeping) and make the transition from paper to electronic health records. The division, which sees patients at Doctors' Office Building (DOB) and the Des Peres Medical Arts Pavilion, became the 13th practice group to begin using the EpicCare system on Tuesday, March 22.
A total of seven physicians, five fellows and eight staff in the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine will use the EHR system. The department typically sees 400 patients a month.
Carol Viamontes, RN, and Karen Taca will lead the team in making the conversion and by assisting providers and staff in migrating old patient care documentation, adapting and evolving to the new electronic health record and utilizing MyChart functionality. Go Live support will be available through April 8.
The new system features state-of-the-art electronic documentation, communication, prescribing and medical decision support tools.
In 2007, SLUCare began its transition from paper to electronic health records, a multi-million dollar project. The project will be complete in 2014.
For more information, please contact Mary Boland, Project ARK health information management systems director, at 977-7627, or James Hooper, program manager, at 977-2477.