Community Connect: Extending to Independent Physicians and Hospitals

Are you a provider or hospital interested in joining a shared community record?

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A Quicker Link.

Use the EpicCare Link portal to extend read-only record access to independent referring physicians. EpicCare Link makes it easy to refer and follow inpatient progress. It's also a good stepping stone to the future adoption of a shared Epic EMR.

Epic provides large organizations with structured methods for extending a shared electronic record system to independent physician practices and community hospitals. Participating in an Epic shared record solves many of the challenges community providers have with Meaningful Use and interoperability. It does so in a way that's better for patients and less expensive to implement.

You share patients. It makes sense to share their records. Epic provides our customers with structured methods for extending a shared electronic record system to independent physician practices and hospitals. A complete community care record contributes to safer care in the hospital, builds trust and improves follow-up.

Continuity of care and content. Participating in an Epic shared record solves many of the challenges community groups have with Meaningful Use and interoperability. The hub can make use of a pre-built Model System to extend the best clinical content and workflows to their community. The Community Connect structure allows the organizations to share clinical data freely while keeping finances and scheduling separate. Patients also appreciate the self-service conveniences of managing their health record through MyChart, which can be made available to patients seen in independent physician offices and hospitals.

Sharing costs less and is less risky. Depending upon the pricing and subsidy decisions at the host organization, community physicians and hospitals can have all the benefits of a shared record, often at a lower cost than implementing a free-standing EHR. They also have the benefit of piggybacking on the technical resources of the host organization, which simplifies hosting, support and upgrades. Small practices and hospitals can be confident that they are joining a successful implementation and avoid the risks of starting from scratch. Referral workflows are as simple as sending e-mail and require no costly interfaces.

Details for independent practices:
  • Includes turnkey e-learning content for self-guided user training and assessment.
  • Enables rollout to multiple practices on quick timelines.
  • Supports specialists with appropriate order sets and documentation tools.
  • Includes one-time and monthly licensing options for users.
Details for community hospitals:
  • Takes advantage of structured build that can be tailored to individual hospitals with minimal configuration.
  • Supports closed-loop medication workflows via Epic's integrated inpatient pharmacy system.
  • Uses, in most cases, the existing external interfaces of the host organization and adheres to standards for others.

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