Providence Medford Medical plans to go digital today

Providence Medford Medical Center goes live on the Epic electronic health record system today.

The local hospital was scheduled to transition to the system this morning along with sister facility Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center.

Nearly half of the 31 Providence hospitals and 293 of the 385 Providence medical and outpatient clinics covering five states have gone live.

Through the Epic system, patient information is shared between staff, departments and facilities in a secure and efficient manner, enabling clinicians to track patient care in real time.

Providence physicians will have access via iPhone, iPad and Android devices through Epic's remote applications.

"Physicians can view lab work, medication lists, allergy lists, patient problem lists and imaging results on a 24/7 basis no matter where they may be — home, office or elsewhere," said Jason Kuhl, a Providence Southern Oregon physician.

Shannon Fife and Kuhl have participated in numerous Epic go-live events at other Providence facilities across the Pacific Northwest in preparation for this weekend.

Patient health histories, medications and allergies are kept in a secure record, accessible to caregivers. This reduces repetition and potentially overlooked or forgotten patient-care history details.

Patients can easily access their personal health information 24/7 via MyChart, including immunization records, growth charts and medication renewal information. MyChart also enables patients to view test results, messages from their physicians and health education, as well as schedule appointments and communicate confidentially with their caregivers.

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