Student Health and Counseling transitions to PennChart, integrates student health records


Wellness at Penn migrated its electronic health record system to PennChart on January 9.

Penn Student Health and Counseling Services transitioned to PennChart – an integrated electronic health record system – on January 9.

The change to PennCharts, which is powered by Epic – a software system developed for health care organizations – will allow Penn students to better coordinate care between Student Health and Counseling, Penn Medicine providers and external health care providers. Chief Wellness Officer Benoit Dubé announced the change in an email to the Penn community on Jan. 5.

“Penn Student Health & Counseling wanted to implement a workflow that allowed for a seamless integration so that patients could get all of their health information at the same time (and) regardless of provider,” Dubey told The Daily Pennsylvanian. told.

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Students will be able to send non-urgent messages to providers, request referrals and prescription renewals, read post-visit notes, schedule appointments and access any relevant health information such as test results through the new system. Students may also choose to participate in research activities at Penn Medicine.

“It creates a seamless exchange for physicians and students,” said Mary Kate Coghlan, director of communications for Wellness at Pain.

Dubey said that — although the learning curve may initially be steep for physicians — PainChart also offers new features for physicians, such as “viewing lab results in real time, allowing quick treatment recommendations, and robust patient “Having a secure messaging system.”

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Prior to the change to PennChart, two separate electronic health records were used by Student Health and Counseling – Point and Click, and Titanium. These two systems were isolated from each other and did not communicate with external sources.

Dubey told DP that two out of three Penn students use Penn Medicine services, making the change to PennChart important.

PennChart was launched by Penn Medicine in 2018 as a redesigned EHR that aggregated patient information from multiple health care databases and automated real-time when a patient needed a specific treatment. Used to provide information. Pain Chart – Penn Medicine’s customized version of EPIC’s EHR platform – has since been available to Penn Medicine patients and medical providers.

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The electronic health record transition to Wellness at Penn had been under discussion for a few years, Dubey said, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can create their online portal account for Panchart access here.