Archive | August, 2018

Stay Well Connected with Lexington Medical Center’s MyChart

From search engines to smartphones, we all look up a lot of information on the internet each day. Now, Lexington Medical Center patients can track their personal health information 24 hours a day, seven days a week using a secure online portal called MyChart.®

The hospital’s MyChart is a free tool that allows patients to use their computer, tablet or smartphone to send messages to their health care team, request prescription renewals, make payments and see summaries of past appointments or inpatient stays. Patients can also view test results, medications, and immunization and allergy records. And, they can schedule appointments at some Lexington Medical Center physician practices.

MyChart allows patients to set up preferences for receiving communication from their health care providers. For example, when a doctor’s office confirms an appointment, patients can choose to receive an email notification.

Importantly, MyChart is completely secure. Personal health information is protected with a variety of privacy and security safeguards, including password-protected logins and access to activity history. It also uses the most advanced encryption technology available, which means only patients and their health care providers can access this information.

Patients with Lexington Medical Center MyChart accounts can also access a family member’s health record with appropriate consent. Proxy access allows a patient to log into his or her personal MyChart account and connect to another person’s MyChart account. Patients must complete a proxy access form and return it to the family member’s physician practice or to the Health Information Management department at the hospital.

Setting up a Lexington Medical Center MyChart account is simple. All patients need is an activation code to create a user ID and password. Visit LexMed.com/MyChart or call 791-2300 to request an activation code. If you already have an LMC MyChart account, visit LexMed.com/MyChart to log in or download the MyChart app to your smartphone. It’s available on the App Store and Google™ play.

MyChart is a registered trademark of Epic Systems Corporation.

To learn more about LMC MyChart, visit LexMed.com/MyChart.

Wine on the River 2018

More than 700 people attended Wine on the River on Saturday, August 25. Organized by Women of Hope, the women’s giving circle of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, this annual event takes place each summer along the picturesque banks of the Congaree River in West Columbia. With live music and a selection of great wines and food, this fun night raises money for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Campaign for Clarity, a capital campaign working to expand our hospital’s 3-D Mammography program throughout our network of care.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support this important cause.

Here are a few photos. We hope you enjoy them!

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To contribute to the Campaign for Clarity, click here.

South Carolina Confirms First Measles Case in Decades

This month, South Carolina reported its first confirmed case of measles in more than 20 years. The case was in a person who lives in Georgetown County. So far in 2018, 124 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states and the District of Columbia. That’s up just slightly from last year.

“Measles is a very contagious viral respiratory illness,” said Lauren Matthews, MD, pediatrician with Lexington Pediatric Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. “Ten to 12 days after exposure, patients will experience a fever and then a rash.”

Courtesy: CDC

The rash begins at the hairline and moves down to the lower extremities.

“Some clinicians say that measles is the most contagious infectious disease in the world,” said Dr. Matthews.

That’s because measles spreads through droplets and air contact – including sneezing or coughing. And, the virus can stay alive on surfaces for two hours.

People who are younger than 5 and older than 20 are most likely to experience complications from the measles. One out of every four in that group will be hospitalized. Severe complications from the measles can include swelling of the brain and statistics show that 1 out of every 1,000 children who develops measles will die, typically from pneumonia.

Lexington Pediatric Practice

The best way to protect yourself and your family against measles is with the MMR vaccine. Typically given at 12 to15 months of age and then with a booster between 4 and 6 years of age, the vaccine is 97% effective at preventing measles.

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that measles had been eliminated in the United States thanks to a strong vaccination program. But in recent years, some parents have chosen to delay or not give their children the measles vaccine at all. Often, that’s because parents have been given misinformation that the vaccine can cause autism. To be clear, the MMR vaccine does not cause autism.

“Getting the measles will be more severe than any side effects from the vaccine,” Dr. Matthews said. “Side effects from the MMR vaccination are very rare, and if they do occur, they’re mild.”

It’s important to note that measles is still very prevalent in other parts of the world. If Americans travel to another country, or if they’re exposed to people with the measles who have traveled here, they are susceptible to the disease if not vaccinated.

Dr. Matthews talked with WLTX this week about the measles. You can view the interview below.