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UCHealth-Aspen hospital partnership improves record system

“UCHealth is extremely excited about the partnership with Aspen Valley Hospital. Hopefully, the IT affiliation will be a foundation for additional clinical collaboration, outreach, and other partnership opportunities for years to come.”

—Steve Hess, CIO at UCHealth

“Collaborating with UCHealth will improve efficiency, continuity, safety, and quality surrounding patient care. Epic promotes clinical teams working together on a shared system to coordinate and deliver extraordinary healthcare.”

—Michelle Gelroth, IT Director at AVH

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Deborah Breen, President & CEO Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

In September 2015, Aspen Valley Hospital’s (AVH) Board of Directors unanimously voted to collaborate with University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) in bringing the Epic electronic medical record system to the valley. For a small, stand-alone, Critical Access Hospital, acquiring and implementing a robust system like Epic would not be possible without the partnership with UCHealth.

Epic is an integrated, patient-centered electronic medical record system. Designed with a “one patient, one record” methodology, Epic allows physicians and clinicians to effortlessly collaborate on patient care through a single database, streamlined processes, and increased satisfaction of both patients and clinicians as patient information is shared more easily.

UCHealth’s outreach to AVH will be the first time a non-UCHealth hospital will join the Epic network. For UCHealth, the alliance allows expanded opportunities for clinical collaboration with the goal of keeping care close to home by collaboratively augmenting existing services. For AVH, the partnership allows an opportunity to increase the breadth and depth of the services provided, level of clinical care, and training of staff. Ultimately patients of AVH and their affiliated physician practices will experience a higher level of coordinated care.

Savvy healthcare consumers want healthcare that is not only convenient and clinically sound, but also portable. Epic will allow synchronized care across all departments, caregivers, and Epic medical centers. Physicians and other caregivers will be able to see a complete patient record, as well as coordinate and communicate with the patient’s entire care team. Patients will be able to utilize an online patient portal to view their own health record and communicate with their care team from a home computer or mobile device.

Other benefits include:

  • Evidence-based resources and a proven clinical build of the system
  • Connectivity with other major medical centers for their affiliated physician practices – Epic is becoming the “gold standard” across the county – key to the valley’s mobile patient population
  • Opportunity to extend to external physician offices, offering connectivity with local providers
  • A world class back office support system for patient billing, finance, and supply chain
  • Integration with current systems to preserve historical records and imaging, as well as integration of biomedical devices for seamless data transfer and charting
  • On-going relationship and participation in system decision making with UCHealth as systems and technology evolve

The Epic system rollout will begin in January 2016, with a planned Go-Live by Fall 2016.