NOHN’s EPIC Changes!

 

Dear Patients,

 

I am writing to share the exciting news that North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN) will be transitioning to Epic as our electronic health record (EHR) beginning February 2019.

Our predecessor, Family Medicine of Port Angeles, pioneered the use of the first EHR on the Peninsula, implementing our current system (Practice Partner) in 1997 as a way to improve patient care and experience. Since that time, EHRs have become the standard with nearly 90% of physicians and hospitals using some type of electronic record.  While Practice Partner has served us well, many new and improved EHR options have evolved over time.

Epic is a robust, flexible, and powerful EHR widely-used across the country. Olympic Medical Center (OMC), and its associated Primary Care and Specialty Physicians, adopted Epic as their EHR in 2015.  OMC is a major source of care for NOHN patients to receive consultations, diagnostics, and inpatient care – and having a different and incompatible EHR has made efficient communication of important patient-related information challenging.

Timely and accurate communication of patient information as they transition between care settings is an essential part of keeping patients safe, making them better more quickly, doing it more efficiently and making it less costly.  We are confident this transition to a common EHR platform will bring you efficiencies and improvement in care experience, outcomes, and safety.

It will also give you access to a much more robust patient portal, Epic MyChart, bringing easier secure access to your healthcare information and improved communication with your Care Team here at NOHN.

You will see no interruption in your care during this transition. All pertinent current information will be brought forward into Epic, and we will maintain access to Practice Partner as a permanent archive of past information. Although there will be a period of learning and adaption to a new tool, NOHN providers and staff are all well-familiar with providing patient care efficiently and effectively with EHRs and expect to be up to full efficiency in short time.

We look forward to this “Epic Journey” with you and are excited about the benefits this will bring our patients.  Watch for details and updates on our website (www.nohn-pa.org) as this transition moves forward.

Sincerely,

Michael S. Maxwell, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Upcoming Clinic Closures

Upcoming Clinic Closures

January 16, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

February 18, 2019 – Presidents Day

February 20, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

March 20, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

April 17, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

May 15, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

May 27, 2019 – Memorial Day

June 19, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

July 4, 2019 – Independence Day

July 17, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

August 14, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

September 2, 2019 – Labor Day

September 18, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

October 16, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

November 20, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

November 28 and 29, 2019 – Thanksgiving

December 18, 2019 – Staff Enrichment / Closed until 1pm

December 25, 2019 – Christmas Day

January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day

Our New Clinic Site Brings Expanded Services

Our new site at 933 E 1st Street is already buzzing with activity as it eases some of the space restrictions at our Downtown clinic. Many patients have already seen their providers at the new Site.

In early 2019 we will add dental care to the services provided at our First Street Site. This is an exciting addition for us as we seek to expand our ability to address the whole person and their needs. A growing body of research clearly links dental health with overall health.

We’re all reading a lot now about the relationship between gum disease and serious health complications like heart disease and stroke. But several research studies are also suggesting that more than 90% of all systemic diseases (those that involve multiple organs or systems) have oral manifestations, including recurring gum problems, mouth ulcers, and dry mouth. Some of these diseases include diabetes, oral (and other) cancers, kidney disease, and other illnesses. While we don’t yet know exactly why, scientists and practitioners are finding that women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.

Sometimes, it’s a dentist who is the first healthcare provider to identify the signs of these diseases and health concerns in patients, often in their earliest stages. So dental care is an important aspect of our prevention, assessment, and treatment approach to health and healthy lifestyles. We currently plan to open seven dental chairs in early 2019.

Watch for lots of building activity at our First Street Site. And please excuse our mess while we prepare to strengthen our ability to help patients improve their health and vitality