Four major health systems in Hampton Roads will soon have a secure and seamless way to share important patient information.

Sentara, other systems to share patient information

Comprehensive electronic health records help maintain a complete picture of a patient's health. When primary care, specialists and hospital-based providers have access to a patient’s entire medical history – from specific episodes of care to medications and chronic condition management plans - there is less duplication, time saved and ultimately lower cost in the delivery of care.

For patients in Hampton Roads, Va., secure access and information flow will soon be even more comprehensive. With four major health systems – Sentara, Bon Secours, Chesapeake General Hospital and Riverside Regional Health System - utilizing the same Epic EMR system, providers across the region will have a secure and seamless way to share important patient health information.

According to Kristen Clickner, vice president of Sentara Information Systems, Epic EMRs cover about 65 percent of patients across the country. Sentara has long exchanged patient health information with Epic and other providers from all over.

In addition to sharing information among Epic providers, Sentara has also been working to more seamlessly share data with the VA hospital and the Department of Defense - because all of this connectivity leads to better patient care.

While the sharing of data will help with patient care, patients ultimately have to give permission for access and there are safeguards in place to protect personal health information.