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.
Michael S. Maxwell, MD
Chief Executive Officer
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
While supplies last
You may request to receive your flu shot during your next appointment (if it is before December 31st), or until the supply runs out.
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
North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN) is Washington State’s newest federally qualified Community Health Center, beginning operations on September 1, 2015 shortly after being awarded a 330 New Access Point grant.
NOHN is located in Port Angeles with a primary service area encompassing Clallam County, situated in the northwestern most corner of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. Our northern border extends 100 miles along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, our western border is over 65 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, and the mountains of Olympic National Park predominate our southern border. A single transportation corridor, State Highway 101, provides the only access to the area.
“The NOHN/PASD High School clinic opened on 1-9-18. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at the High School Clinic, please contact Sean Clark, Navigator at 360 452-7891 ext. 2855”