California hospital delays $4M Meditech EHR implementation

Fort Bragg, Calif.-based Mendocino Coast District Hospital has indefinitely delayed installation of its new $4 million Meditech EHR over a misunderstanding regarding contract expectations between the vendor and the hospital, Fort Bragg Advocate-News reports.

During a June 25 Mendocino Coast District Hospital Board of Directors' Finance Committee meeting to approve the hospital's fiscal year 2020 budget, Wayne Allen, Mendocino Coast District Hospital interim CEO, said he is communicating with Meditech's president to revise the contract, which is anticipated to cost the hospital $1.4 million next year, according to the report. 

Meditech declined to comment at this time.

The hospital has delayed installation of the EHR, which was originally scheduled to deploy July 1, due to complaints from Mendocino's staff that Meditech provided a partly finished system. Additionally, the EHR vendor expects the hospital's employees to help complete the system, which should have required tweaks, at most, by the hospital staff, Mendocino Nursing Director Lynn Finley said, according to the report.

The financial budget was approved, however, it is unclear whether the hospital's contract with Meditech will continue, the publication reports. 

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