IT project will boost secure transfer of medical information

Unified electronic health record expected to improve care, reduce paperwork

The Green Mountain Care Board, Vermont’s health care regulator, has approved the UVM Health Network’s Certificate of Need application to replace the patchwork of tools that form the electronic health record (EHR) systems currently used by four of our network hospitals – the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin and Porter Medical Center in Middlebury – with a single system, Epic.

Although we have made significant strides toward connecting as a network, unifying our electronic health record systems is a crucial step in strengthening our ability to connect and collaborate so we can provide the best care possible for our patients at any site within the UVM Health Network.

Across the UVM Health Network, hundreds of physicians, nurses and other health care providers interact each day with hundreds of patients who choose us for their care. To support our work to improve the lives of our patients, clinicians throughout our network need to be able to see patients’ medical records without electronic barriers. A unified EHR will enable us to provide those patients with a seamless, quality care experience as close to their homes as possible.

  • Patients and families will have greater ease navigating the health care system with fewer redundant forms and will no longer need to answer the same questions repeatedly from staff and providers. They will also feel more confident that each member of their care team has the same information.
  • Providers will have instant access to more complete and accurate information about patients in their care – helping them make decisions that are best for those patients.

This large project will take approximately 40 months to complete for these first four UVM Health Network hospitals. Implementation at Alice Hyde Medical Center, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties – and other organizations that may join the UVM Health Network – will follow.