KEYSER, W.Va. — On Oct. 1, Potomac Valley Hospital will intoduce Epic Systems’ Electronic Medical Records, an industry leading system that provides a number of benefits to patient users.

Utilizing the Epic system will provide all patients with one integrated medical record across the WVU Medicine system, regardless of location.

“The implementation of Epic will bring the market leading electronic medical record to the patients and clinicians at Potomac Valley Hospital,” said James Venturella, vice president and CIO of WVU Medicine. “The new system will connect to all of the physicians and facilities in the WVU Medicine network. It will provide patients with an online portal and mobile application called MyWVUChart that allows them to schedule appointments, view test results, request medication renewals and much more.” 

Usage of the new system will also offer patients of Potomac Valley Hospital access to MyWVUChart, the online patient portal for all of WVU Medicine. MyWVUChart is a free, easy and secure way for patients to have in-depth, more convenient access to their medical records. Through the use of internet access and email, patients can view their health information and communicate with their healthcare team. Most of the features of MyWVUChart can be used through a mobile app as well.

“Through the usage of the Epic system and MyWVUChart, our patients will be able to have direct access to their medical information and open communication across the WVU Medicine system, helping to ensure our patients are receiving the highest quality of care,” said Linda Shroyer, CEO of Potomac Valley Hospital.

MyWVUChart will replace the CPSI patient portal effective Oct. 1. Patients will continue to have access to CPSI to view their past medical information until July 1, 2018, and can upload their medical data from CPSI into MyWVUChart.

Through MyWVUChart, patients can:

• Schedule an appointment with their provider.

• View test results.

• Communicate securely with their medical care team.

• Access and download their health information.

• View and pay their bill.

• Access many MyWVUChart features via the mobile app.

Gaining access to MyWVUChart is simple. Patients will first need to activate their account, which they can do by requesting an activation code online at MyWVUChart.com.

Patients will have 30 days to activate their account before the temporary code expires. Patient information may not be available in the chart until after Oct. 1.

MyWVUChart is available 24/7 from any computer or mobile device and has the capability to relay messages regarding health care, such as upcoming appointments or notifications that a physician has sent a message, to the email account from the MyWVUChart system.

MyWVUChart is not intended for sending messages requiring urgent attention. For urgent medical matters, patients are should contact their physician’s office by phone and for medical emergencies dial 911.

Throughout this change, Potomac Valley Hospital will do everything it can to ensure the transition to Epic is seamless for all patients. However, visits over the next few weeks may take a little longer as the hospital strives to stay at the forefront of health information technology and provide the best in patient care.

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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