This new module gives providers key health data, reminders and trends.

Novant Health deploys Epic's Healthy Planet tech to track patient conditions

By Bernie Monegain
01:55 PM
Epic Healthy Planet

Novant Health is using Epic’s Healthy Planet module to give healthcare providers access to key health trends for patients.

“Healthy Planet Link is an analytical tool that gives healthcare providers information about our patients, such as historical prescription trends, frequency of hospitalizations or preventive care measures,” Novant CIO Dave Garrett said in a statement. 

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“Over their lifetime, most people will see multiple providers undergo a variety of screenings and experience health emergencies,” Garrett said. “It is important that healthcare providers within the Novant Health system and those practicing outside of our system have access to this valuable patient information so they can provide appropriate preventive care.”

Healthy Planet is Epic’s accountable care and population management system module.

Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Novant Health, is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that operate 470 locations across Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

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Epic’s Healthy Planet, with its dashboard, gives healthcare systems and providers information that can help coordinate care delivery, monitor quality and cost, reduce financial risk and engage patients through a centralized data warehouse.

It also makes it possible for providers to track the performance of several care quality metrics, which can help improve population health.

Novant Health has identified 15 trackable measures. Among them are screening for future falls, controlling A1C -- blood glucose, high blood pressure, colorectal screening and statin therapy for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

With Healthy Planet, says Garrett, Novant Health can provide care providers with retrospective, real-time and predictive analytics; risk scoring tools; chronic disease and wellness registries; operational reports with clinical drill-down; and quality measurement.

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