Advocate Health Care to transition to Epic for single EHR, revenue cycle platform

Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care selected Epic to provide the health system with a single-platform EHR and revenue cycle solution, the health system confirmed Feb. 1.

Advocate Health Care officials expect to complete the transition to the Epic system within three years. More than 17,000 Advocate physicians, nurses and associates will undergo training for the new system, as Advocate Health Care currently operates on Cerner and Allscripts EHRs.

Advocate Health Care announced its plans to merge with Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care, which also uses the Epic platform for its EHR functions, in December. The transaction would create the 10th largest nonprofit health system in the U.S.

"Transitioning to our new systemwide EHR will enable us to improve care coordination and operational efficiency, allowing Advocate physicians and nurses more time to do what they do best — provide the highest quality and safest care for our patients," Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care, said in a statement.

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