National “Most Connected” Honors for Providence Portland Medical Center

July 21, 2011

U.S. News and World Report has named Providence Portland Medical Center one of the most connected hospitals in the nation. The publication says Providence Portland is one of 117 medical center leaders across the country in the use of electronic medical records and providing quality care.

Moving to electronic medical records is a priority for all of Providence Health & Services. Providence is currently in the process of implementing Epic, an electronic health record and clinical information system. Epic will affect the entire continuum of care – from the physician office to the hospital. The integrated system will support all patient needs, including scheduling, registration, clinical documentation and billing, from a single medical record. The patient will be able to access the record from their home through an online tool. Providence is installing the Epic system in facilities throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska and Montana.

“When we have fully implemented Epic, we will be able to provide our patients with a connected, consistent experience that will enhance their health and wellness,” said Laureen O’Brien, chief information officer, Providence Health & Services – Oregon Region. “With the help of technology, we are moving health care to the next level, and delivering the best care to every patient, every time, at all of our facilities.”

U.S. News defines a hospital as “Most Connected” if it has met two standards: achieving Stage 6 or 7 of electronic medical record adoption and earning either a national Best Hospital or a high-performing designation in one or more medical specialties. U.S. News ranked Providence Portland Medical Center as a high-performing facility in the areas of cancer, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and orthopedics.