Scott & White Hospitals and Clinics launch new record system
- New electronic medical record to innovate patient experience -
CENTRAL TEXAS – Scott & White hospitals in Temple and clinics in Bell, McLennan, Coryell, and Milam counties launch Epic, a new electronic medical record system designed to enhance the coordination of care for patients in Central Texas. The new system will ease information flow and provide doctors with improved access to patient information no matter which Scott & White location they visit. For patients, they will also have improved access to information about their medical treatment and care. There will be new patient portal called Scott & White MyChart. MyChart will allow patients to go online and access their health information, as well as utilize a free mobile application.
"We’re arming patients with the tools they need to become more engaged in decisions about their medical care and completely re-engineering the way we provide care to our Central Texas community," said Jeana O’Brien, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer for Baylor Scott & White Health – Central Division. "The needs of patients who retrieve health information have changed and they require more convenient access to services via mobile devices and other technology."
Scott & White MyChart offers patients personalized and secure online access to portions of their medical records and enables them to manage and receive information about their health. Beginning February 1, once a patient has been seen, they can request an access code to set up their Scott & White MyChart account. Once activated, patients can electronically request and cancel appointments, set reminders, view health histories, see records of immunizations, allergies and medications, and view test results. Patients can also request a prescription refill from their provider and have the refill order electronically sent to the pharmacy of choice.
"Health care today is more complex than ever and patients have multiple physicians caring for them for a variety of different health issues," said Stephen Sibbitt, MD, chief medical officer for Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple. "Having an integrated, instantly updated medical record allows us, as physicians, the access we need to all of our patient’s health records. This assimilation of information is critical to avoid redundancy, make accurate decisions, and spend our patient’s valuable time efficiently."
Patients within the Baylor Scott & White – Temple Region, which includes hospitals in Temple and clinics in Temple, Killeen, Waco, Belton, Harker Heights, Salado, Hewitt, Cameron, Gatesville, Bellmead, and Moody, who have been seen by a physician and given an assigned activation code, can now log in at sw.org/mychart. Patient portals are only created at the patient’s request for the patient’s convenience. Those patients who do not want to access their records electronically will not have to and will have no obligation to use Scott & White MyChart.
About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health is a not-for-profit health care system with total assets of $8.3 billion* and the vision and resources to offer its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The new system includes 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 34,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.For More Information visit www.BaylorScottandWhite.com.
* Based on unaudited fiscal year 2013 financial statements.
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- Deke Jones
February 1, 2014