Contact: Frank Faust
LEESBURG, Fla. — UF Health Central Florida hospitals and several area UF Health Physicians practice locations recently went live with a new electronic health record, or EHR, system at UF Health Leesburg Hospital, UF Health The Villages® Hospital and several UF Health Physicians practice locations in Lake and Sumter counties. Each facility converted from a Cerner EHR to Epic’s EHR product.
Epic is the industry leader in EHRs; more than 250 million patients have a current electronic record in Epic. According to the National Institutes of Health, electronic health records have been shown to improve quality of care, patient outcomes and safety through improved care management, reduced medication errors and improved communication and interactions among primary care providers, patients and other providers involved in care.
“Epic implementation further aligns UF Central Florida hospitals with UF Health Shands in Gainesville and UF Health Jacksonville and provides a more secure, accessible and reliable medical record system for our patients — a critical component of our ongoing quality improvement initiative,” said Ed Jimenez, chief executive officer for UF Health.
The Epic system also includes a secure patient portal called MyChart. Once patients set up a MyChart account by signing into the app on a mobile device or the MyChart website, they will have immediate access to their health records, including post-visit instructions and education and summary documentation.
Technology experts from across the UF Health enterprise, including from the system’s Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses, were onsite at UF Health Central Florida facilities to ensure a successful system migration.
“I am extremely proud of how our teams have come together to reach this significant milestone and want to specifically express my gratitude to our IT team members, many of whom invested countless hours toward ensuring that this project would be a success,” said Heather Long, M.S.N., chief operating officer for UF Health Central Florida.