As of February 2015, MyChart gives patients access to their test results, displays a list of upcoming medical appointments and allows people to update their current medications or request prescription refills. MyChart is one of the electronic medical record applications offered by Epic.
MyChart allows patients to access their medical records from home, increasing collaboration between consumers and their health care providers. When patients log in to MyChart, they have the opportunity to schedule appointments, change or cancel existing appointments, ask medical questions via email or report new medical problems. MyChart also displays the results of laboratory tests and imaging studies, giving patients access to the same information their doctors use to make diagnoses and recommend appropriate treatments.
MyChart also allows patients to update their medical records, which helps ensure that medical professionals always have the most recent information. If a patient has an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, for example, he can add the allergy to MyChart so care providers know not to prescribe that type of antibiotic in the future. With MyChart, people who have recently been discharged from the hospital can access their discharge instructions and ask their physicians for clarification on any treatment recommendations. Large health systems use MyChart to ensure employees at every location have access to the same information, improving patient safety and reducing the risk of errors.