Pen Bay Medical Center, Maine Behavioral Health
Electronic Health Records
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection is a liver infection that typically begins as an acute infection and if left untreated, can become a chronic infection. One-time HCV testing is recommended by the CDC and United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for asymptomatic individuals based on evaluated exposure or other circumstances that increase HCV exposure (HCV Guidance, 2018); (CDC, 2012). Patients with severe mental disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are particularly at risk for HCV infection with past studies finding approximately 6.2 - 29.8% of patients with severe mental disorders having comorbid HCV (Ayano et al., 2018) – up to 9 times higher than the general US population (Rifai, Gleason, & Sabouni, 2010). This study focuses on the effectiveness of an established universal HCV screening protocol utilizing the electronic medical record (EMR) “EPIC” in the Psychiatric and Addiction Recovery Center (PARC) at Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC) for an at-risk population, evaluating the rate of screening, diagnosis, and follow-up care of HCV.
Olsen, Hannah; Knight, Caroline; and Van Lonkhuyzen, Harold, "Effect of a Robust Electronic Medical Record Order Set on Hepatitis C Screening Rate at a Community Hospital" (2019). Maine Medical Center. 680.