Patients whose records are accessible through the portal offered through Epic electronic health records systems will be able to authorize any clinician to have a glimpse into their records, no matter what EHR system they’re using.

Epic announced the capability on Wednesday, describing it as a significant advance in interoperability.

Called Share Everywhere, it will enable patients to grant access to their data to any providers who have Internet access, even if they don’t use an EHR system in their practice. In addition, healthcare providers who use Share Everywhere can send a progress note back to the patient’s healthcare organization, thus further supporting continuity of care.

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Patients will be able to use their smartphones to direct a view of their Epic chart to any clinician. Because the patient controls which clinician can see the records, privacy is protected, Epic contends. And its EHR also logs whoever accesses a patient’s record as a further check on patient privacy.

“Patients should be able to easily share their health information with anyone they choose, no matter where they are. Share Everywhere now makes this possible,” said Janet Campbell, Epic’s vice president of patient engagement.

Epic already claims a high degree of interoperability by providers who use its records system. It offers exchange capabilities, called Care Everywhere, which currently shares an estimated 2 million patient records per day with Epic and non-Epic systems.

The company says Share Everywhere is ready for use now and will be available to organizations using Epic systems in the November update of MyChart, Epic’s patient portal.

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