The department of dermatology is the next in the SLUCare practice to join Project ARK (Automated Record Keeping) and make the transition from paper to electronic health records. Dermatology, which sees patients at Anheuser-Busch Institute (ABI) and the Des Peres Medical Arts Pavilion, will become the 12th practice group to begin using the EpicCare system on Tuesday, Feb. 15.
A total of 64 people in the dermatology department including eight physicians and three physician assistants will use the EHR system. The department typically sees 2,700 patients a month.
Members of the Project ARK team will be on hand as physicians, nurses and other personnel who provide patient care use the electronic health record for the first time after months of intensive training and preparation. Kovy Young leads the team in making the conversion.
For the next five weeks, Project ARK's "Go-Live" team will be stationed at ABI and the Des Peres Medical Arts Pavilion Hall to assist providers and staff in migrating old patient care documentation, adapting and evolving to the new electronic health record and adding MyChart functionality. The new system features state-of-the-art electronic documentation, communication, prescribing and medical decision support tools.
In 2007, SLUCare began its transition from paper to electronic health records, a multi-million dollar project .
For more information, please contact Mary Boland, Project ARK health information management systems director, at 977-7627, or James Hooper, program manager, at 977-2477.