On February 8, we reached a milestone! We made the change from paper charts to Epic, an electronic health record (EHR). EHRs make all of a patient’s health information available in a single database. This helps our staff members easily share information between each other about our patients’ care as well a as see information about the care our patients receive outside North by Northeast. We can now order labs and medications electronically so our patients don’t have to come to our office to pick up paperwork, saving them time and phone calls. And tasks we used to do manually – like checking which of our patients had a high blood pressure reading at their last visit – are now automated, so our Community Health Worker can easily see which patients need her attention. This huge step was made possible by Legacy Health and their LEAP program (Legacy Epic for Affiliated Providers). LEAP helps with the cost of implementation and provides training and support for all our staff. We received additional funding from Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health & Services, The Collins Foundation and PacificSource Foundation to accomplish this big task!
Thank you, Legacy Health and all the LEAP program staff! We also appreciate our patients’ patience as we worked out the bumps during this transition. Everyone seen during the first two weeks was given a tee shirt as a small thank-you from us.