Source: LaRue County Herald News, June 9, 2021
Baptist Health Hardin is now live with a new Epic electronic health record system – the first major capital project at the hospital since its acquisition last September by Baptist Health.
The multi-million-dollar Epic implementation is among several capital investments planned by Baptist Health for the Elizabethtown hospital. The electronic health record system connects healthcare providers – and patients – to clinical information vital for treatment and diagnosis.
“Baptist Health is delivering on its promises to invest in the health of Central Kentucky, starting with an electronic health record system that will benefit patients and their families, and give providers more efficient access to that information,” Gerard Colman, Baptist Health CEO, said.
The Epic system, which replaces the hospital’s current electronic health record, enables providers to easily access patient health data at all hospitals throughout Baptist Health and all Baptist Health Medical Group physician offices. Baptist Health system providers will also benefit from automated clinical workflows for more efficient patient care delivery.
Epic’s MyChart is the avenue patients use to electronically access their own health information.
MyChart is a secure web-based portal that displays patient health data which can easily be accessed through desktop computers, smartphones, or tablets.
“Previously, the Baptist Health Hardin facilities were served by a number of different electronic health record systems in addition to Change Healthcare’s Patient Portal.
This made accessing and sharing patient information a significant challenge for our clinicians, caregivers, patients and families alike,” Baptist Health Hardin President and CEO Dennis Johnson said. “Now, with the transition to Epic, providers and patients will have a smoother experience. Through MyChart, patients will be able to keep track of their appointments, request medication refills, view test results and securely communicate with their healthcare team.”
To create a MyChart account, you will need your date of birth, Social Security number and an email address. Go to MyChart.BaptistHealth.com to start. On a smartphone or tablet, you will need to download the MyChart mobile app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play, depending on the type of device you are using.
For questions, contact Baptistphrquestions@bhsi.com or call the MyChart Patient Support Line at 502.253.4820 or toll-free at 844.764.7820.
Baptist Health is Kentucky’s largest healthcare system, with nine hospitals in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
About 75 percent of Kentucky residents live within the health system’s service area.