St Ritas welcomes visitors from Netherlands

LIMA, OH (Jan. 10, 2014) – St. Rita’s Medical Center is a world leader in the use of technology to improve medical care. Don’t believe it? Ask the eight staff members from St. Jansdal Hospital in the Netherlands who are coming to St. Rita’s next week to learn more about how we use electronic records to streamline and improve care.

Hospital representatives said they wanted to be “inspired” by a U.S. hospital that can show them a higher level of patient engagement. They asked Madison, Wis.-based Epic, makers of MyChart electronic medical records, who to see. Their answer? St. Rita’s. The medical center is at the forefront of electronic medical records and was the first in the world to use Epic’s MyChart Bedside application, allowing patients to instantly access medical information and contact healthcare providers.

Carl Dvorak, Epic’s President, said: “St. Rita's’ first use of MyChart Bedside reflects a pioneering spirit of Catholic Health Partners and true leadership in the important areas of transparency and patient engagement.”

Catholic Health Partners (CHP), Ohio’s largest health system, plans to roll out the application to its 23 hospitals after a successful pilot taking place at St. Rita’s Medical. In the pilot, 34 patients have received tablets from St. Rita’s (or used their own Android tablets) since late August.

CHP has been installing a $400-million electronic health system, called CarePATH, based on the Epic platform.

St. Jansdal Hospitalis a medium-sized (340-bed) Christian hospital with about 1,850 employees, 350 volunteers and 120 specialists. It is located about 40 miles east of Amsterdam.