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Colorado Hospital Debuts $30 Million EHR System

Memorial Hospital recently launched its new $30 million EMR system, Epic. The new online portal available to patients, My Health Connection, will connect Memorial’s two hospital locations in Colorado Springs—and its facilities throughout the Pikes Peak Region—with University of Colorado Health's (UCHealth) other hospitals and clinics across the Front Range already offering these services. Children’s Hospital Colorado at Memorial Central also is transitioning to Epic.

My Health Connection gives patients convenient access to their medical records and the ability to communicate with providers and clinics online to request appointments and receive test results. It also allows physicians across the UCHealth system to easily access a patient’s records to provide improved continuity of care. It’s one of many improvements carried out at Memorial since the hospital became a part of UCHealth a year ago, including new physicians and technology.

“My Health Connection gives patients direct online access to portions of their electronic medical records where their doctors store their health information,” says Memorial Hospital President and CEO Mike Scialdone. “As Memorial joins the rest of UCHealth on Epic, we expect improved efficiency, safety, and quality surrounding patient care. This new, convenient method of communication with your doctor’s office is just the latest in investments being made at Memorial Hospital to provide the highest quality care for Colorado Springs.”

The system will be available to all active patients at any UCHealth location. Patients may visit myhealthconnection.uchealth.org to create an account and access their medical records. They will be able to do the following:

• View medical information online. Patients can receive test results online and review medications, immunizations, allergies, and medical history as well as after-visit summary from office appointments.

• Stay in touch with physicians. Communicating with physicians is as simple as sending an e-mail, but more secure.

• Manage appointments. Patients can request their next appointment online and view details of their appointments.

The implementation of Epic is one of numerous developments that have taken place at Memorial in the past year under UCHealth. Other improvements include the hiring of more than 30 physicians; Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI; Primary Stroke Center Certification; and the pursuit of Level 1 Trauma designation.

Source: Memorial Hospital