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UCLA Health System is
This will allow integration of inpatient and outpatient clinical
records with appointments, registration, billing and other patient-
related business functions throughout UCLA Health System.
UCLA Health System will begin rolling out
its electronic-health-record program on
March 1, 2013. This will allow integration
of inpatient and outpatient clinical records
with appointments, registration, billing and
other patient-related business functions
throughout UCLA Health System. Physicians,
pharmacists, nurses and other clinicians and
staff members will use the system. Janet P.
Pregler, M.D., a UCLA physician and member
of the electronic-health-record Executive
Oversight Board, discussed how patients will
benefit from the new electronic environment.
What are the major changes with the new system?
For many years, UCLA has had a partial
electronic medical-record system. When
patients come to see their primary-care
physician, that physician has computer access
to the patient’s hospital records, laboratory
tests and notes from consultants. But the
new system will take that to another level.
From the patient’s perspective, there are
two major changes. Through a secure e-mail
and Web portal called MyUCLAHealth,
which will become available in the summer,
patients will have the ability to communicate
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electronically with their doctor’s office for
things like making appointments, checking
on the status of referrals and obtaining
laboratory results. A second big change is that
all of our physicians will be documenting
office visits electronically in real time, as
opposed to the traditional method of writing
it in a chart or dictating it after the patient
leaves. Finally, at the end of each visit, patients
will receive a printed after-visit summary that
will include their doctor’s recommendations
as well as information about referrals, new
medications and other areas of follow-up.
How does all of this enhance the quality of
care for patients?
It will improve the information that
physicians have available to them at the
time of the visit, and enable them to more
thoroughly record what they learn during
the visit. When I go in the room to see a