To prep for Epic, Mayo Clinic to build $6.1M electronic substation

As Epic comes to Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, the EHR vendor is also bringing a need for greater electrical capability and capacity. Epic is working with Rochester Public Utilities to construct a new substation that will support the enhanced needs of the Mayo Data Center, both now and in future years, according to a Post Bulletin report.

In January, Mayo Clinic announced plans to adopt Epic's EHR and revenue cycle platform. Since June, Epic has been negotiating with RPU regarding the new substation, and the RPU board recently approved a "memorandum of understanding" about the substation project, according to the report.

"Due to the planned transfer of selected Mayo Data Center assets to Epic, Epic requests incremental electrical capability and capacity, needed to accommodate projected business growth in forward years," states the memorandum.

Epic will pay for the majority of the project, and RPU will contribute $1.016 million for additional features Epic doesn't need, according to the report.

The substation will be built by the Mayo Clinic Data Center on land owned by the health system. However, Epic is slated to nominally take over the property in December 2015, according to the report. Later, though, "it is contemplated that the City of Rochester, for the benefit of RPU, will acquire from Epic the title of the real estate where the substation and related infrastructure will be located," according to the Epic/RPU agreement.

The substation is scheduled to be running by April 1, 2017.

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