Medical Associates of BCHC making electronic medical record transition


Medical Associates of Buchanan County Health Center (BCHC) is making a large transition from NexGen electronic medical record (EMR) system to Epic EMR. This transition will allow for one chart to follow patients throughout the multiple areas in which they receive care at BCHC and all UnityPoint Health systems. Epic is the preferred electronic medical record system nationwide. To date, 45 percent of the U.S. population has their medical records in an Epic system.

In addition to the integrated system across health care services, patients will have ease of access to their personal medical records, test results, medication lists, and appointment reminders on their smartphone or computer through the MyChart function.

“The transition of Medical Associates to Epic will mean that our entire organization is now under the same electronic medical record system,” commented Steve Slessor, CEO. “This means that our providers will be able to coordinate care much more effectively. If you are in our emergency department, those providers will now be able to see the clinic records also, and vice versa. It is also the case that many of the larger health care providers that we share patients with are also on Epic, so this will enhance care coordination both here locally and across the region.”

Medical Associates of BCHC planned to fully transition to Epic on Oct.26. All patients are requested to bring a form of ID and insurance card to their next appointment. Patients may access their past medical records by calling the health information management department at 319-332-0899. Patients may also set up their MyChart account to view their health information online at