Record-sharing network launches at CRH

Columbus Regional Health Physicians, a network of primary and specialty care physician offices in the Columbus Regional Health system, is using a new unified medical record platform in its offices.

The new system, by Epic, launched Wednesday in more than 20 outpatient locations and practices, said Kelsey DeClue, Columbus Regional Health spokeswoman.

Epic, which features MyChart, is a software program that houses medical records that can be easily coordinated among a patient’s health care providers. By implementing Epic electronic medical records, patients will have one medical record within Columbus Regional Heath Physicians organization providing the most up-to-date health information, completely privatized and secured for each individual,¬†DeClue said.

The new system significantly reduces the risk of duplicate records and outdated health information as patients continue their health care, she said.

Also available to patients in the MyChart application is an option for patients to access their medical record, keep track of health care services and appointments, schedule new appointments, view test results and even communicate with their physician, DeClue said.

MyChart is available via the internet and on smartphone applications, she said.

Medical records of current Columbus Regional Health Physicians patients have been converted to the new Epic platform. However, each patient must sign up to use the MyChart application. Patients may register for MyChart with their primary or specialty care provider, DeClue said.