PLACERVILLE — UC Davis Medical Center will provide portions of its
electronic health records systems to Marshall Medical Center as part of
an information technology agreement recently finalized.
UC Davis’ fully deployed EHR system supports the rapid, accurate
and secure sharing of clinical information when patients are hospitalized
or receiving outpatient care, including at Kaiser and Sutter health systems.
The new agreement adds Marshall’s patients to the list of those
who benefit from that community collaboration.
“We are committed to using our expertise to benefit our patients
and the communities we serve,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive
officer of UC Davis Medical Center. “The investment we’ve
made in our IT infrastructure should be leveraged to support the health
and economic welfare of the region.”
UC Davis was among the first health-care providers to partner with other
health systems to exchange electronic health information through the Care
Everywhere project. According to HIMSS, the nation’s leading hospital
information technology society, UC Davis has exchanged more than 3.7 million
patient records of different types with non-affiliated health providers
in the community and region since 2008.
“We are thrilled to be bringing a high-functioning patient records
system to the foothills,” said James Whipple, chief executive officer
of Marshall Medical Center. “The beauty of this agreement is that
we can partner with UC Davis in a way that preserves our independence
and provides up-to-date technology tools for our patients and our medical
The new agreement ensures that crucial patient data gets to Marshall’s
clinicians at the moment they are delivering care, saving time, avoiding
duplicate diagnostic tests and potentially reducing costs. It also benefits
patients transferred to UC Davis for specialty or subspecialty services
like neonatal, burn or neurocritical care.
“Our patients will be in the hands of experts here and at UC Davis
who can immediately access their health records and engage in providing
treatment,” Whipple said.
UC Davis’ state-of-the-art EHR platform also has advanced a number
of innovative quality-improvement programs, from the early identification,
monitoring and control of sepsis to the reduction of intensive care unit
pneumonia and infection rates. The system was developed by Epic, a health-care
software company based in Wisconsin.
Marshall Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community health-care
provider. For more information visit marshallmedical.org.