Rainy Lake Medical Center

Rainy Lake Medical Center officials announced this week it will partner with Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota to provide patients with an integrated, state-of-the-art electronic health record, or EHR.

Through an affiliation agreement, Rainy Lake will have access to the industry’s most advanced medical health record system, Epic, through Sanford Health, according to a news release. The International Falls health care provider will remain independent, but have information technology support from Sanford through the agreement.

Over the course of the next year, Rainy Lake Medical Center locations will convert to the Epic EHR system. Epic provides doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in outpatient and inpatient settings a seamless means of collecting, storing, accessing and securing a patient’s medical information in an electronic format. That single chart follows a patient through all areas they receive care.

“Health care is changing, and we must change with it,” said Robert Pastor, Rainy Lake Medical Center CEO. “We are excited for this opportunity to partner with Sanford. The implementation of Epic will move us to the most widely used and advanced integrated EHR. This means that regardless where a patient may access care across our health systems, their comprehensive medical record will be available to their providers, nurses and other health professionals. Our patients will appreciate the convenience, privacy, personal access and other benefits the Epic system provides.”

“Implementing this advanced software system would not be feasible without a coordinated effort and partnership with Sanford Health. Partnering with Sanford allows us to implement the best electronic health record technology in the industry,” added Pastor.

As part of the implementation, patients will also gain access to their Epic chart through MyChart. Patients will be able to use MyChart to pay bills online, view lab test results and securely message providers through their phones or the internet.

“Sanford Health and Rainy Lake Medical Center have a long standing relationship in serving patients of northern Minnesota,” said Bryan Nermoe, president, Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota. “Since 2014, we have operated an eye center and optical location within Rainy Lake Clinic. Over the past five years we have provided outreach services in ophthalmology, cardiology, nephrology, medical oncology and served as a reference lab for the hospital.”

“A closer affiliation between Rainy Lake Medical Center and Sanford seeks to address the changing health care environment so that we can all continue to offer the best patient care possible. We are thrilled to be working with such a strong partner to enhance patient care in the region,” said Nermoe.

About RLMC

Rainy Lake Medical Center offers urgent care, emergency care, surgery, cardiology rehab and diagnostics, chemo and infusion therapy, family medicine clinics, radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, therapy services, hosts sleep studies, laboratory services, orthopedics, swing bed care — both acute and skilled nursing facility care, and outreach specialists.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., the organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have transformed how Sanford Health improves the human condition.

For information, visit sanfordhealth.org or Sanford Health News.

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