Tidelands Health developing one-of-a-kind electronic medical record to improve efficiency, patient care
March 1, 2016
A one-of-a-kind electronic medical record that will make health care delivery more efficient, safer and less expensive for patients in the Tidelands region is being developed at Tidelands Health.
Tidelands Health has joined the ranks of national organizations such as the NFL to work with Boston-based eClinicalWorks, a leading health care IT company, to develop the next-generation medical record, which will be called OneCare.
When completed in 2017, OneCare will seamlessly connect records across all Tidelands Health locations – from Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital to Tidelands Health Group physician offices and outpatient locations such as physical therapy clinics and imaging centers.
‘“Tidelands Health is dedicated to delivering high-quality care to our patients inside and outside of our hospitals,” said Dr. Todd Rowland, senior vice president and chief information officer at Tidelands Health. “OneCare is a one-of-a-kind unified patient record where all a patient’s information will follow that patient throughout the Tidelands Health system. OneCare is being custom built and designed to make care more efficient, safer and cost effective for our patients.”
OneCare will allow health care providers to instantly access a patient’s complete medical record with the touch of a button. In other words, a family doctor can see the records from a patient’s ER visit, hospital stay, physical therapy visits and more. For patients, that means no more filling out the same information forms at multiple offices or duplicate medical tests.
OneCare will also include a robust patient portal that allows patients to access their own records easily and securely online.
The project will also have a positive economic impact on the region, Dr. Rowland said. eClinicalWorks will send a team of employees to work with Tidelands Health through 2017.
“We anticipate this will have an economic ripple effect on essential services such as housing, as well as recreation and other hospitality services once these people settle in,” Dr. Rowland said. “Our partnership with eClinicalWorks is really a positive development not just for our patients and our health system but also for the region economically.”
Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks, said the company is excited to partner with Tidelands Health.
“The changing landscape makes it even more imperative to have solutions that give a complete, unified view of a patient that is accessible anytime, anywhere,” Navani said. “We’re excited to work with another premier organization such as Tidelands Health.”