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University of Miami Hospital Implements State-of-the-Art Electronic Medical Record System

University of Miami Hospital is significantly transforming its patient care experience by upgrading its electronic medical record (EMR) system to UChart. The upgrade will positively impact patients and the entire University of Miami Health System community, and once completed in October it will mark the final phase of the University’s creation of a true enterprise-level EMR.

Exterior of the University of MiamiHospitalWhen UChart is implemented, health care providers and patients alike will benefit in many important ways. Providers at UMH will now have a 360-degree view of patients that was not available before. They will not only have seamless access to all of a patient’s UHealth records, but also to their health information from other Epic hospitals and clinics outside the UHealth system.

“UChart is a state-of-the-art clinical information system, developed by Epic, which integrates functionality of clinical software applications into a single system accessible across UHealth,” said David Seo, M.D., Chief Medical Informatics Officer. “Once the project is complete, it will be the first time that all UHealth clinical faculty and staff members will have around-the-clock access to an integrated EMR. This will foster a more connected and unified approach to patient care.”

A significant shift for health care providers at UMH will be the transition from Meditech and paper documentation to fully electronic medical records. To ensure this transition causes minimal disruption to current workflows, the UHealth Information Technology implementation team is leveraging best practices from previous implementations at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

“We will be better, safer and faster,” said Tanira Ferreira, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of UMH. “UChart will facilitate communication among providers and caregivers, as notes and orders will be immediately available.”

The UHealth IT training team has developed role-based training tracks for nurses, physicians, and staff at UMH. This streamlined approach was developed to minimize impact on day-to-day operations and will offer all health care providers the knowledge, tools, and access needed to effectively use UChart.

In the coming months, more information regarding the UChart implementation at UMH will be communicated to affected health care providers. Dates to remember:

  • Super User Training: July 5 – August 1
  • End User Training: August 1 – October 27
  • Go-Live: October 29
  • Elbow to Elbow Support: October 29 – November 17
  • Post Go-Live Support: Through November 17

For questions, please send an email to: [email protected].

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