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Women’s College Hospital introduces aEPR, a new system to enhance quality and patient safety

September 30, 2013

Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has officially launched the ambulatory electronic patient record (aEPR) project, a project designed to provide a single, integrated electronic health record for patients. A project kick-off was held on Sept. 10, at which WCH and Canada Health Infoway executives underscored the importance of this initiative for WCH in becoming the hospital of the future through improved patient care, research and education.  

Partnering with Epic, a leading ambulatory health record vendor, three modules will be implemented at WCH:

  • Prelude (patient registration)
  • Cadence (patient appointment scheduling)
  • EpicCare Ambulatory Clinical System (the core aEPR)

The aEPR will allow patient information such as consultation notes, medications and test results to be available at the point of care and shared across interdisciplinary teams. Quicker registration processes, more efficient patient appointment scheduling and a database that can be accessed by all WCH healthcare professionals will provide staff with a simpler, more efficient way to access the information required to meet patient needs. 

Sessions are currently underway that engage staff and clinicians to review workflows and provide feedback about their requirements. These “validation sessions” began in mid-September and will extend throughout early October – helping the aEPR project team understand how to customize the system and ensure that it meets WCH requirements. Once this process is complete, the project team will work with each specialty area to ensure that their requirements are understood.

“At Women’s College, we’re excited to announce the aEPR project,” says Laura Viola, aEPR project director. “This shift to electronic patient records is a key milestone in WCH's journey to becoming the hospital of the future, as it will support enhanced patient safety, quality outcomes and health research and education.”  

Women’s College will be the first independent, ambulatory hospital in Canada to use Epic’s system. A staged approach to roll-out will be used, with the first go-live scheduled in August 2014. Staff, clinicians and physicians will be provided with regular updates and training to ensure a smooth transition.

“As our patients continue to benefit from WCH’s groundbreaking discoveries in healthcare, they can rest assured that their health information will be securely stored in WCH’s aEPR. Our physicians, clinicians and staff will have information at their fingertips to provide the highest quality care possible,” says Viola.

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