Forrest General Staff, Administrators and Physicians Successfully Roll-Out New Epic Computer System
Forrest General is pleased to announce the successful installation of the new Epic (Electronic Patient Integrated Care) system. The system was implemented April 1 at the main hospital, The Orthopedic Institute and Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services.
The new Epic system allows Forrest General to integrate the clinical and revenue cycles across the continuum of ambulatory and acute care. In recent years, the federal government has enacted new and more stringent regulations that have steered the healthcare industry to look for newer systems having better compliance with functional requirements. One of these new key regulatory requirements is known as “Meaningful Use.” In order to meet the Meaningful Use requirements, the Hattiesburg Clinic and Forrest General jointly purchased the same integrated patient record system.
“Adding the Epic system at Forrest General positively impacts physicians and patients by allowing for one centralized process for maintaining medical records. Now that there is one shared medical record system, the continuity of care between Forrest General and Hattiesburg Clinic is even more convenient for patients and the physicians and staff that care for them,” said Clay King, M.D., physician champion for the Epic implementation at Forrest General.
Another aspect of this new system is the ability for patients to access portions of their medical records and engage in certain online communications with their healthcare provider through an Internet application called Iris. Iris has been available to Hattiesburg Clinic patients since 2011 and is now available to Forrest General patients, as well.
The Epic project will continue to be an ongoing process of implementation phases. “We have completed Phase One of the project, and we ask the public for patience as our employees and medical staff members re-learn a massive new computer system,” said Forrest General President and CEO Evan Dillard. “This has been a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes, and realization of this goal is completely due to the hard work of hundreds of current employees who took on Epic-related roles in their work, as well as many consultants and others who came onto the scene to help during the go-live implementation. We can’t say thank you enough to the physicians and staff for their dedication and commitment to this process and appreciate their continued efforts going forward.”
Forrest General contracted with TrustPoint Solutions to assist in the development of the technical architecture and systems required to ensure the highest levels of availability and reliability for the Epic application. “TrustPoint has participated in a number of Epic implementations across the country, and Forrest General's implementation of such a complex and highly integrated system was one of the best our organization has ever participated in,” said Brian Symonds, managing partner for TrustPoint.
For more information on Iris and how you can sign up for an Iris account, call 601-579-5432 or visit iris.forrestgeneral.com.
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