Epic is live at all Mayo sites

Health Data Management - - NEWSLINE - —Greg Sla­bod­kin

The Mayo Clinic has com­pleted its in­stal­la­tion of a sin­gle, in­te­grated Epic elec­tronic health record and rev­enue cy­cle man­age­ment sys­tem at its Ari­zona and Flor­ida cam­puses.

The Oc­to­ber 6 go-live was the fourth and fi­nal planned im­ple­men­ta­tion across the en­ter­prise, which be­gan last year with Mayo Clinic Health Sys­tem Wis­con­sin and Mayo Clinic Health Sys­tem Min­nesota—fol­lowed by the in­stall ear­lier this year at the Mayo Clinic cam­pus in Rochester, Minn.

Steve Peters, MD, Mayo Clinic’s chief med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, says the im­ple­men­ta­tions at the Ari­zona and Flor­ida cam­puses were con­ducted si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

“They were on the same ver­sion of their legacy record, and it made the most sense to bring them up at the same time,” com­ments Peters, co-chair of the Plum­mer Pro­ject—the of­fi­cial name of the Epic roll­out dubbed in honor of Henry Plum­mer, MD, who cre­ated the world’s first pa­tient-cen­tered, uni­fied health record at Mayo Clinic more than a cen­tury ago.

Mayo’s Plum­mer Pro­ject has re­placed scores of sep­a­rate EHRs and rev­enue cy­cle man­age­ment sys­tems with one sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to Peters.

“We had lit­er­ally hun­dreds of smaller de­part­men­tal sys­tem and rev­enue cy­cle sys­tems that will be sun­set,” he adds. “Hav­ing a sin­gle sys­tem al­lows us to dif­fuse our best prac­tices and dis­sem­i­nate our knowl­edge—ex­am­ples of clin­i­cal de­ci­sion sup­port, dis­ease-based or­der sets and reg­istries of com­plex con­di­tions are now all in one sys­tem. It al­lows us to de­liver con­sis­tent care in a very ef­fi­cient way.”

Over­all, the Mayo Clinic took about three years—from ap­proval to im­ple­men­ta­tion—to com­plete the health IT mod­ern­iza­tion pro­ject, at a price tag of about $1.5 bil­lion, Peters says.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.