Clinicians and their staff who need remote access to Providence records may apply for an account whether they are credentialed at Providence Alaska Medical Center or not. Simply click on the "EpicCare Link" navigation button by hovering over the "For Clinicians" menu item, and download and print the forms. You will need Adobe Reader to view them.
Need Help Filling Out These Forms?
Nathan Switzer, PIC's Marketing Representative, is glad to help your office fill out this paperwork, and is familiar with Synapse, the software which allows you to view patients' images and radiology reports. Simply let him know that you are interested in this access, and he can walk you through the process. Once approved, you will receive a keyfob that is tied to your individual account, and a member of the Information Services training staff will orient you to the new software at a time that is convenient for you. Nathan can be reached at (907) 212-6032.
Summary of the Software You Will Be Using
EpicCare Link is part of the new EMR that Providence is using. It is similar to ProvPort, but allows access to current patient records, from February 26, 2011 to present. If you have Synapse viewing privileges, it too allows you to easily click on a link to launch the PACS viewing software.
Fuji Synapse is the name of the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) system used by PIC.
You may already have a ProvPort account, but may not realize that this feature is available to you. Simply select the patient you wish to see the images of, then click the "PACS" tab at the top of your screen. Alternatively, you may pull up the radiology report itself, and hit the "View Images" button. Either one launches Synapse on your screen, and allows you to look at all imaging the patient has had at PIC.
In EpicCare Link, simply click on the imaging study you wish to review, and click the "Show images for [IMAGE STUDY NAME]" hyperlink under the "PACS Images" heading.
This program is also available as a separate icon on your remote desktop, which looks like this: If you are solely interested in viewing images, you can bypass ProvPort, and launch Synapse directly. Images are available as soon as the patient has his or her test at PIC.
Access speed is of course dependent on the Internet Service Provider you have and the bandwidth available to you. Multi-slice modalities like MRI and CT may have hundreds of images, and these take more of your computer's resources to display.