An important part of UNC Health Care's goal to become the nation's leading public academic medical center is finding new ways to deliver the most effective and efficient care for our patients across North Carolina.
This goal is enhanced by our close affiliation with the UNC School of Medicine, one of the nation's leading public medical schools, and through our affiliates throughout the state.
In addition to this relationship, we are leveraging the latest in health care IT to make managing the health of North Carolina's large and diverse population as seamless as possible.
Informatics at UNC
Health informatics is an emerging field in health care delivery that uses technological advances to find new solutions to existing problems, and to enhance current models of care delivery.
The Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) at UNC an interdisciplinary research and training program that plays a key role in fulfilling UNC-Chapel Hill’s commitment to improving human health through health informatics research, data sharing, development, and education.
The UNC School of Medicine is just one of CHIP's several participating academic depatments at UNC-Chapel Hill. Others include the Gillings School of Public Health, the School Nursing, the School of Dentistry, the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the Computer Science Department, and the School Information and Library Sciences.
The program is staffed by faculty dedicated to the goal of integrating personalized care and big data solutions and offering training for both new physicians and continuing education for professionals seeking to adapt their skill-set to a rapidly changing health care environment.
The goal of the Epic@UNC project is to develop a system with "one patient ID, one problem list, one medication list, and one bill" for each patient across all UNC Health Care locations.
Achieving this goal will allow us to develop "one" UNC Health Care that will allow our affiliated hospitals and practices to easily share data across the system about patient care, research and processes. This will save time for our patients, our providers, and provide better data for our caregivers and researchers.
We collected some statistics on the one-year anniversary of the first Go-Live to illustrate the reach of the project. All data are from April, 4th, 2014-March 30, 2015 unless otherwise noted.
- More than 100,000 patients using the My UNC Chart patient portal
- 2,309,617 clinic visits since Go-Live #1
- 1,907,477 e-prescriptions written
- 3 hospitals using Epic@UNC (Chatham Hospital, UNC REX Hospital, UNC Hospitals)
- 290 clinics using Epic@UNC
- Providers exchanged 310,414 patient records with 142 other hospitals and clinics in 39 other states in 2014
- UNC Hospitals, UNC REX Healthcare and Chatham Hospital are recognized as Stage 6 hospitals on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Mobile Health Apps
UNC Health Care is harnessing mobile technology to help patients stay connected to their care providers wherever they are.
UNC Health Care’s patient portal, My UNC Chart is now available as a mobile app on iOS and Android devices. The mobile app allows patients to:
- Send secure messages to their care provider about non-urgent medical advice
- Request medication renewals
- View appointments
- Conveniently and securely access lab test results, immunization records and their medical history
Telemedicine is an emerging field in health care that helps care providers share clinical information, gain access to continuing medical education and assist in the delivery of health care services to remote locations. UNC Health Care has several programs designed to expand our telemedicine capabilities.
- The Telehealth program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center offers lectures that help keep oncology professionals across the state up-to-date on the latest treatments, clinical trials and support services available to North Carolina cancer patients. Affiliated communities can also videoconference with a team of UNC experts to discuss treatment plans for patients during weekly Multidisciplinary Oncology Tumor Boards.
- A recent grant from the Duke Endowment, matched dollar-for-dollar by UNC Health Care, will help connect the emergency departments of all affiliate UNC Health Care hospitals to UNC’s Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill. The program is expected to rollout in April.
- The UNC School of Medicine’s department of obstetrics and gynecology offers a Maternal-Fetal Telemedicine Program that enables remote consultation for obstetrical and medical complications in pregnancy, ultrasound interpretation and genetic counseling.
- Pardee Hospital participates in Lunch and Learn events coordinated by the UNC Cancer Network to help educate participants about topics related to cancer care.