About Sentara

Sentara eCare Health Network ®

Sentara continues to invest in the future of healthcare by expanding electronic medical records technology – the Sentara eCare Health Network® – across its system.

Sentara eCare® has transformed paper charts into protected electronic medical records that allow the secure sharing of patient information among Sentara hospitals, physician practices and other Sentara healthcare sites, while giving patients online access to their health records via Sentara MyChart, available for patients in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.

Electronic medical records enable better collaboration and communication between physicians, resulting in an even higher quality care for patients. Safeguards built into the system enhance patient safety by preventing errors and detecting potential drug interactions. Electronic medical records are more secure than paper charts because only authorized members of the healthcare team can view them.

Important Features of Sentara eCare

  • Electronic Medical Record An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) replaces your paper medical chart with a secure, digital record. This electronic record is accessible to authorized clinicians via the secure Sentara eCare Health Network.
  • Dedication to Patient Security and Privacy Sentara eCare was carefully developed with technology that guarantees a secure system. Only doctors, other healthcare providers and hospitals who are involved in your care have access to your electronic medical record. While the system ensures your privacy, it also enables your entire medical team to view your medical history electronically, resulting in better collaboration and better care.
  • Enhanced Patient Safety In 2005, when the U.S. government called for each patient to have an electronic medical record (EMR) within the next 10 years, Sentara listened. With Sentara eCare Health Network®, we’re leading a national trend toward better patient safety and reduced medical errors. The new system will also provide a wide range of other benefits, including improved overall efficiency and easier access for patients to their own records.

Benefits of Sentara eCare

With real time documentation of your healthcare status and needs, authorized physicians and clinicians can get the information they need to understand your current health condition and treatment plan. That way they can better collaborate to bring you the safest and best quality care possible.

Electronic documentation also allows your historical medical record to be accessible and reviewable by all authorized members of your healthcare team at any time and from anywhere, helping make your future healthcare encounters even more efficient and effective.

Sentara eCare in the Hospital Setting

Should you need inpatient care in a Sentara hospital, some changes will be evident during your stay.

Computer terminals will be within patient rooms or will be rolled into and out of your room as our clinical team monitors and documents your health information.

A scanner will be used to swipe your arm band as part of our improved positive patient identification process. This added safety check helps to ensure the right patient is being treated at the right time in the right way