The UVM Medical Center's Electronic Health Record

At The UVM Medical Center we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care from dedicated, compassionate professionals, who are supported by state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge research. In keeping with this commitment, we have implemented an advanced electronic health record system to enhance the patient care experience.

The development of an electronic health record is a critical, clinical process that helps The UVM Medical Center improve quality and enhance safety while protecting the security and confidentiality of our patients' health information.

According to a nationwide hospital survey published in the March 2009 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, only 10.9% of U.S. hospitals have implemented a basic Electronic Health Record, and only 1.5% have implemented a comprehensive Electronic Health Record like The UVM Medical Center. UVM Medical Center is pleased to bring you the benefits of this leading-edge health technology.

What is PRISM (Patient Record and Information Systems Management) ?

In April 2008, The UVM Medical Center received state approval through the Certificate of Need process to begin a three-year phased implementation of an electronic health record system, called PRISM, which connects virtually every key function in the organization. PRISM is an institution-wide system that allows patients' clinical information to be electronically stored, updated and accessed instantaneously throughout UVM Medical Center, largely replacing the paper medical record in use today.

The PRISM project serves all of UVM Medical Center's more than 30 facilities in Vermont, including the approximately 750 physicians who are credentialed at UVM Medical Center - nearly one-half of the physicians practicing in Vermont. PRISM will be compatible with other health records systems in the state, making it a critical element in the statewide, integrated, electronic health infrastructure being coordinated through Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), a public-private partnership designated by the Vermont legislature to lead this effort in 2007.

What are the benefits of PRISM to me as a health care provider ?

  • One Patient, One Record - Maintaining one record for each patient, from registration to care to billing, improves organizational efficiency and enhances the care experience by allowing all members of a patient's care team to access a that patient's electronic health record simultaneously, facilitating seamless, high quality care and treatment.
  • Enhanced Patient Safety and Quality of Care - Automatic checks in the electronic system will safeguard against undesirable medication and allergy interactions and incorrect dosage amounts, improving patient safety.
  • Increased Efficiency and Accuracy - Using an electronic health record eliminates time consuming, potentially duplicative and error-prone paper recording of patient medical information, and legibility of treatment orders and other information entered into the medical system will be improved.
  • Greater Integration - PRISM seamlessly integrates electronic patient medical records across all UVM Medical Center sites to ensure referring providers have access to information about their patients under our care in a fast, comprehensive and consistent fashion.
  • Leading Technology - Epic, the software vendor for PRISM, is the leading electronic health record vendor in the US and is utilized by such respected health care systems as Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Health and Kaiser Permanente, among others.