EBSCO Publishing’s Patient Education Reference Center™ Continues to Expand into Electronic Medical Records – #HIMSS12

Patient Education Reference Center (PERC), a resource used in thousands of hospitals to provide clear, concise patient discharge instructions can now easily be integrated into Epic’s EMR system thanks to a new agreement between Epic and EBSCO Publishing, the provider of PERC. The integration allows mutual customers to access PERC content within Epic’s Patient Discharge Module. This integration enables healthcare providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria. This type of standardization of patient education content throughout a hospital or healthcare system and EMR systems also improves the efficiency of the clinical workflow.

Patient Education Reference Center can be integrated into any EMR system and features a comprehensive collection of current, evidence-based patient education information for clinicians to print and distribute right at the point-of-care.

EBSCO Publishing is exhibiting at HIMSS 2012 (Booth 819).

Patient Education Reference Center Content Now Available in Additional EMR Systems

IPSWICH, Mass. —February 21, 2012 — Hospitals and healthcare systems using Epic as their electronic medical record (EMR) system are now able to easily integrate patient information content from Patient Education Reference Center (PERC) from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). The integration will allow mutual customers to access PERC within the Patient Discharge Module enabling healthcare providers to meet criteria outlined in the U.S. government’s Meaningful Use objectives, which require eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals to provide patients with electronic care information, including discharge instructions.

Mutual customers benefit since integrating content into EMR systems improves clinical workflow efficiency and patient education standardization. Allowing staff to access the evidence-based patient education information PERC provides from within an EMR allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to quickly deliver important clinical discharge instructions to patients — information about all aspects of their care and health.

Patient Education Reference Center allows sites to customize PERC content to further promote the hospital’s branding. PERC content is also easy to print, store and archive or retrieve electronic copies on-demand. Having access to patient education information from PERC within an EMR system saves times and further maintains clinical consistency as patients and staff members move through the clinical workflow.

Integrating Patient Education Reference Center into the Epic EMR system can be set up at no additional cost and without any additional software. Mutual customers need only request a PERC data file from EBSCO which can then be easily imported into their EMR system.

EBSCO Publishing makes it easy to integrate the evidence-based content from its point-of-care resources into any EMR system including PERC and the valuable clinical content available from DynaMed, Nursing Reference Center and Rehabilitation Reference Center.

About Patient Education Reference Center

Patient Education Reference Center features a comprehensive collection of current, evidence-based patient education information for clinicians to print and distribute right at the point-of-care. The handouts provided by PERC are easy to read, include illustrations, and are structured to enhance patient knowledge and understanding of material. Topics covered include more than 4,000 common and chronic diseases and conditions; over 750 specific procedures and lab tests; more than 2,800 lifestyle and wellness topics; over 1,500 unique drugs (more than 8,000 brand and generic names); and discharge and home care information for more than 1,000 related topics.

About EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 350 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®, DynaMed, Nursing Reference Center, Patient Education Reference Center, Rehabilitation Reference Center, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source and SocINDEX as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com.