WellSpan launching new electronic health record systemUnifying all records in one platform, it begins Friday in Lancaster and Lebanon counties; other sites to follow in October
WellSpan Health this week is launching a new electronic health record system in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, with plans for a similar launch in York and Adams counties this October.
The health record system – a product of Epic, a national health care software firm based in Verona, Wisc. – will allow patients to more easily connect with their care team, and will allow better coordination of care across WellSpan’s regional sites, its officials announced in a news release.
It’s known among WellSpan’s 15,000 staff members as “Project One.”
The initiative began in 2014 as an effort to consolidate WellSpan's multiple electronic health record, also known as EHR, systems into one unified platform, its officials said.
Once completed, it will allow WellSpan to maintain all clinical data and patient information on one EHR platform – providing one patient record no matter where they receive care in the system, the WellSpan officials said.
One EHR means “one record for each patient, one registration system, one unified bill and one online patient portal, among other benefits,” said Dr. Tom McGann, WellSpan Health executive vice president for clinical practice.
“This will allow us to be a truly coordinated, integrated health system.”
WellSpan is launching its Epic EHR system in two phases.
The first, on Friday, will bring all WellSpan locations in Lancaster and Lebanon counties except WellSpan Philhaven offices online with the new system.
This will include WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and all physician offices and outpatient locations east of the Susquehanna River, officials said.
The second phase will begin Oct. 20, when all WellSpan locations in York and Adams counties, and all other locations west of the Susquehanna River, will go live with the new system.
That will include WellSpan hospitals in York and Gettysburg, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital and all physician offices and outpatient locations in the counties.
WellSpan Philhaven behavioral health locations will transition to the new EHR system at a later date, health system officials added.
The platform "will allow us to truly achieve our mission of ‘working as one’ – whether we’re caring for patients in Ephrata, Palmyra, Hanover or Gettysburg," McGann said.