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    Information Sharing – Implementing the Cures Act at Memorial Healthcare System

    Memorial Healthcare System launched an initiative to implement and comply with the Cures Act Final Rule. Information Sharing provides patients with timely access to their health data, empowers patients and their providers to make more informed decisions, and promotes interoperability and connectivity between Providers.

    What is the Cures Act?

    The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) was passed in 2016 to make clinical information more readily available to patients through secure online portals like Memorial MyChart. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology established the Final Rule to regulate information blocking and place patients at the center of their care. Memorial Healthcare System launched an initiative to implement and comply with the Cures Act Final Rule.

    Moving health forward

    At Memorial Healthcare System, our culture has always been rooted in a patient and family centered approach to care. Information Sharing simply builds upon our efforts, allowing patients to become more engaged in their own health journey.

    What type of information is available in MyChart?

    Patients have always had the right to request their health records, including results and notes. Effective March 29, 2021, the following information will be available immediately:

    • All finalized clinical notes (Inpatient, Outpatient, Emergency Department & Procedures)
    • Behavioral/Psychiatric/Mental Health notes (Psychotherapy notes excluded)
    • Clinical results (Lab, Radiology, Pathology, Genetics, EKG & EEGs)
    • Allergies, Assessment and Plan of treatment, Care Team, Demographics, Goals, Health Concerns, Immunizations, Medications, Problems, Procedures, Implantable Devices, Vital Signs & Smoking Status

    This means that results and clinical notes are now available to you in MyChart immediately, so you may see your results before your provider does. These results could include sensitive or difficult to understand information such as a condition or disease of concern, sexually transmitted disease (STD) and genetic testing. You may choose to wait to look at these results until after your provider contacts you, usually within 3 business days or at your next scheduled appointment.  Your provider will contact you with critical results immediately.

    Where can I view my electronic health information?

    You can access your health information by logging into Memorial MyChart.
    Please note some information is currently not viewable in the MyChart mobile app, so please visit the web version for complete access to your electronic health information.

    What if I don't have a Memorial MyChart account?

    If you don’t have a Memorial MyChart account, please ask your provider for an activation code or follow the directions on our MyChart Video tutorial page.

    Will I be able to see all my test results in MyChart?

    HIV test results will not be automatically released as per state statutes.  Your provider may manually release those to MyChart. All other test results will be immediately released.  

    What types of clinical notes are immediately released?

    Clinical notes are notes written by licensed practitioners including Physicians, Physician Extenders, Nursing, Dieticians, Therapists, and Social Workers. 

    Will my historical notes be available to me in MyChart?

    At this time, we are not releasing historical notes. Notes will be available on March 29, 2021 forward.

    Where can I find my clinical notes?

    You can find your clinical notes in your MyChart account.
    Under Visits -> Office and Hospital Visits

    MyChart interphase image showing to click on visits and then office and hospital visits to find the clinical notes   screenshot of user interphase user must click on view notes to read the clinical notes

    Can providers block notes so I can’t see them?

    In alignment with the rule, healthcare providers can choose to block a note if it meets one of the following exceptions:

    1. The patient requests not to share the note to the MyChart patient portal
    2. Sharing the note would place you or another person’s life or physical safety at risk. An exception is allowed when reading a note would cause significant harm, as determined by the professional judgment of your provider. Harm is defined as physical injury or death and not emotional harm.
    3. Under state, federal or other privacy laws, the contents of the note may not be shared.

    Can others involved in my care see my notes in MyChart?

    If you have provided MyChart proxy authorization to a parent or caregiver, they will also be able to see your notes.  You can remove Proxy access by going to the web version of MyChart. Go to Profile -> Personalize -> select the person you wish to remove and then click on Revoke Access. If you want to know how to request or grant proxy access please follow the instruction on our MyChart proxy access page

    What if I don't understand my test results or have questions for my doctor?

    Results and clinical notes are available to you in MyChart immediately, so you may see your results before your provider does.  We do not expect for patients to interpret their own test results so you may choose to wait to look at these results until after your provider contacts you, usually within 3 business days. If you have immediate concerns please contact your provider.

    screenshot of MyChart Shareeverwhere interphase that allows you to request a code and then share it with someone you want to grant temporarily access to your medical record

    How can I share my information with my doctor or provider?

    You can share your record via MyChart web version by going to Health -> Medical Tools --> Share My Record.

    On MyChart mobile app go to Share Everywhere -> Request share code.

  • Dr Daniel Chan and Joyce

    Combining World-Renowned Experts with Advanced Technology, Memorial Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Center to Open in Fort Lauderdale

    Memorial Healthcare System's world-class team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine experts will now offer sports medicine primary care, outpatient orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitation and physical therapy all in one location at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Center in Fort Lauderdale.

    The multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians, led by Dr. Daniel Chan, chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, and including Dr. Marvin Smith, sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, and Dr. Geden Franck, sports medicine primary care, will provide personalized treatment plans using the least invasive options for safe, effective care.

    “Combining a multidisciplinary orthopaedic team with the latest technology and techniques in a patient-friendly, concierge-like outpatient center allows us to make an incredible difference in the lives of our patients, all without them having to step foot inside a hospital” said Dr. Chan. “We are honored to offer comprehensive orthopaedic care throughout all of Broward County and beyond, empowering our patients on their road to recovery.”

    The Center will offer fully integrated care, starting with advanced diagnostic workups and proceeding to outpatient surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, including rehabilitation and physical therapy with AlterG® anti-gravity equipment. The comprehensive approach includes:

    • Conservative-first approach, using medications, image-guided injections (including PRP) and physical therapy as needed.
    • Specialized physical therapy programs for joint replacement, athletes, and first responders.
    • Services for people of all activity levels, from college students to active seniors, from recreational “weekend warriors” to professional athletes.
    • Advanced surgical techniques and minimally invasive procedures when appropriate to address all types of complex injuries and orthopaedic conditions provided in an outpatient / same-day manner.

    The team of experts will treat conditions and injuries affecting the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, including:

    Beginning March 2021, Memorial’s team of orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists and physical therapists will offer comprehensive, integrated care at two Memorial Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Center locations in Hollywood and now Fort Lauderdale.

    Learn more at 954-265-TEAM (8326) or visit www.MHS.net/Ortho-Sports.

  • JDCH night exterior Catch the Love

    Children's Hospital's Foundation Returns To A Familiar Number For Campaign's Fundraising Goal

    It has been nearly 80 years since Joe DiMaggio and the number “56” were forever entwined, thanks to a consecutive game hitting streak considered to be one of the most unbreakable records in sports. Now the children’s hospital that bears his name is ready to make its own history with the number and the commitment to healthcare excellence it represents today.

    The nonprofit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation has established a $56 million capital campaign goal to underwrite a substantial portion of the cost to increase Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to eight floors, doubling its current size to more than 300,000 sq. ft. The organization established the target at its most recent Board of Directors meeting and announced it had already raised more than $35 million through its “Catch the Love” fundraising.

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    “It was important to us that philanthropy significantly contribute to the estimated $170 million cost of the children’s hospital expansion, since donors have made it clear they are committed to ‘Joe D.’ Having the space and resources to be the finest pediatric facility in America,” said Dr. Andrew Greenfield, board chair of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The connection to an iconic number already associated with Joe DiMaggio made $56 million a logical goal.”

    Construction at the children’s hospital is ongoing, with the project expected to be completed late in 2022. The additional four floors will feature:

    • 72 new patient rooms
    • Two cardiac hybrid operating rooms
    • Two surgical suites
    • Intensive care and cardiac intensive care units
    • Intraoperative MRI
    • Play zones
    • Rehab
    • Family support areas
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    “This project will ensure that Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital remains uniquely qualified to treat the most complex and critical conditions, so that South Florida kids and families won’t have to travel elsewhere to receive the highest quality medical care,” said Brett Rose, chair of the “Catch the Love” campaign. “By making a gift toward our $56 million goal, donors are ensuring the future of a critically important resource and personally making a difference in our community.”

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children. A level one trauma center, it combines advanced technology, the expertise of board-certified specialists, and a patient and family-centered approach to heal the body, mind, and spirit of those it touches.

    “They do a remarkable job of making the hospital not feel like a hospital,” said Jeff Conine, a former major league ballplayer that knew Joe DiMaggio and has been a philanthropic supporter for more than 25 years. “They treat you like family and ‘Catch the Love’ embodies the belief that together we can create something even more special.”

    The hospital’s nonprofit foundation focuses on philanthropy to positively impact patients, families, and underwrite programs, facilities, and equipment that support the pediatric facility’s mission.