Franciscan Alliance: New EpicCare technology expedites patient care services

2011-02-20T00:00:00Z Franciscan Alliance: New EpicCare technology expedites patient care services nwitimes.com
February 20, 2011 12:00 am

Franciscan Alliance physician clinics are offering new EpicCare information technology that will streamline patient care and administrative services.

EpicCare is being implemented in Franciscan Physician Network's 12 clinics, which are part of St. Anthony Health-Crown Point. Starting at the St. John location, followed by the DeMotte and Roselawn sites, FPN clinics are phasing in the electronic medical records program that will provide physicians no-waiting information access that will mean faster and more efficient service for patients.

All network clinics are expected to be online by July of this year.

"EpicCare will allow more attention to customer service, increase office efficiency and cut down on paper use; prescriptions will be sent electronically to pharmacies and there will be no waiting for physicians to see medical records. Lab results will be available faster," said Angie Wilson, FPN operations manager.

The eight HealthPartners locations in the St. Anthony Health-Michigan City network already are online, as are the 17 clinics in the Medical Associates group affiliated with St. Margaret Health-Hammond and Dyer.

"The system truly enhances continuity of care for our patients," said Claude A. Foreit, DO, president of the Medical Associates physician group.

"As a physician, I can appreciate the fact that Epic lets doctors provide better-coordinated, more-efficient and ultimately safer care to patients with technology that integrates their medical information into one record."

Followed by the clinics, the program eventually will be offered at the 13 hospital campuses in the Franciscan Alliance system in Indiana and in Illinois. St. Margaret Health-Hammond and Dyer, St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, St. Anthony Health- Michigan City and Franciscan Physicians Hospital LLC in Munster are in the Northern Indiana region.

EpicCare, which offers comprehensive, integrated software to support patient care functions, is provided by Wisconsin-based Epic Systems Corp.

"Epic's integrated suite of health care applications supports a large number of patient care functions," said Gene Diamond, Northern Indiana region CEO.

"Working closely with the Epic team, our employees and physicians are happy to bring this top-ranked system to Northwest Indiana where all of our patients will benefit from the enhanced coordination of care it will enable us to provide."

da Vinci robotic surgery

Complex procedures are minimally invasive, recovery times faster

Franciscan Alliance hospitals in Northwest Indiana, including St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, St. Anthony Health-Michigan City and St. Margaret Health-Hammond and Dyer, offer patients the latest in technology with the da Vinci Si Surgical System.

da Vinci consists of a robotic platform designed to enable performance of complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach that allows for increased efficiency and faster patient recovery.

The system went on line at St. Anthony Health-Crown Point in late December.

St. Margaret Health began offering da Vinci Si in January of last year and was the first area hospital to offer the da Vinci Si with HD imaging. St. Anthony Health-Michigan City has offered da Vinci services since February of last year.

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