Hospital going through Epic changes

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics are embracing a new way to improve access to health records.

With the new addition of a new type of software, time will be saved for both patients and the clinic staff.

“We went from a critical access software known as Healthland Centriq to Epic, which is one of the most renowned electronic healthcare records in the world actually,” said Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics CEO Connie Koutouzos, “so it’s quite an honor to be able to have that here locally in a rural community.”

The patients do all of their registering prior to being at the hospital so they are able to walk right in at the time of their appointment. Epic also shortens the duration of most appointments, even at other facilities.

“We share this data wherever there’s Epic,” said Family Medicine Physician Ray Koivunen, MD, “so with this EMR anything done here in Iron River whether it’s lab, x–ray, EKG’s, doctor’s notes, those are all instantly available throughout the system. So if that patient is referred, all of that information follows them.”

This is just one of several changes taking place at the hospital.

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