For Immediate Release
October 1, 2012
Public Information Officer
TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES SYSTEM-WIDE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD LAUNCHED TODAY WITH LIVE TWITTERCAST
Groundbreaking Changes to Improve Patient Care
TYLER, TX – Using the latest social media technology, today, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics launched the revolutionary electronic health record (EHR) technology, ConnectCARE, live on Twitter from 7-10 am. Twitter followers watched the system’s public debut at @TMFHC that included updates, pictures and videos. TMF’s Twittercast was one of the first in the U.S. to launch an EHR system.
During this wave of the launch, TMF activated ConnectCARE in the Trinity Clinic physician offices, as well as for the processes of scheduling, registering and billing patients. ConnectCARE will be launched for acute patient care in the TMF hospitals in December.
Physicians, IT professionals and key medical personnel Tweeted the public launch as it is happened, giving TMF patients and the public the first window into how ConnectCARE will make accessing their records and communicating with their doctor’s office easier, faster and with less paper.
According to officials, the fundamental feature that ConnectCARE brings is an integrated and unified patient-centered database. Patients benefit by having online access to much of their clinical information, which will also be available to caregivers at every point of care across the system: inpatient (starting in December), outpatient, ambulatory, community, and regional locations. In addition, physicians can affiliate with Trinity Mother Frances through the use of the EHR by adopting the system in their practices.
With ConnectCARE, which is powered by Epic, clinicians also benefit from a seamless and integrated set of electronic applications with convenient access to information. The system is designed to facilitate and improve the overall patient care experience at every Trinity Mother Frances location.
Estimates indicate that over 250,000 physicians in the US now use an Epic EHR and over 40% of patients in the U.S. have an Epic chart. Officials said that the large number of providers choosing Epic is a testament to the clinical acceptance of the system.
“This level of electronic integration is unprecedented and will revolutionize many of the ways we currently provide patient care. It will revolutionize many of the ways we currently provide patient care. The implementation of the EHR is the single largest project every undertaken during Trinity Mother Frances' 75 year history,” said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, president, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.