VMH upgrades its electronic health record system

Vernon Memorial Healthcare (VMH) continues to expand the reach and accessibility of
the spectrum of health care in our communities by upgrading to Epic electronic
health record. The implementation and transfer process from the current electronic health record is well underway and will be fully implemented on November 1, 2016. Vernon Memorial Healthcare Chief Executive Officer, Kyle Bakkum said, “We are continuously looking for the best systems to utilize in order to provide exceptional patient care, the upgrade to Epic electronic health record will do just that.”

In order to make the upgrade to Epic, VMH needed to collaborate with a larger health system. Bakkum said, “After weighing our options with other larger health systems, we reached an agreement with Gundersen Health System to collaborate on this upgrade. The Gundersen Health System team has implemented Epic in other facilities, so their knowledge and experience will
assure a smooth transition in our implementation of Epic.”

The collaboration with Gundersen Health System is unique in that Vernon Memorial Healthcare is an independent organization. Bakkum said, “VMH has a long history of working with other organizations to improve the health of the communities we serve. Our mission is to provide
the best care for our patients and customers in our communities. Our collaboration with Gundersen Health System will help us better communicate with other health care facilities as
needed for the health and wellbeing of our patients.”

During the implementation process, patients may see some delays as VMH staff continues to learn the system. Chief Operating Officer, Kristy Wiltrout said, “The enhancements to care with the upgrade to Epic are going to be a tremendous asset to our healthcare organization. Our VMH team has been training and working to understand the system to the best of our abilities prior to our go live date. That said, there will be some things we need to troubleshoot and expand our knowledge after we have made the transition from our old electronic health records to Epic. Our team has put many hours into training and implementation of the new system, their dedication to this transition on top of maintaining great patient care is to be commended. We have a great team of people at VMH, so the upgrade to Epic will only make our organization even better.

 

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