Cape Cod Healthcare begins Epic EHR transition, $180M patient tower project

Hyannis, Mass.-based Cape Cod Healthcare will break ground on a $180 million, six-story patient care tower and begin the implementation process for a systemwide Epic EHR, Barn Stable Patriot reports.

By installing Epic, CCHC's two acute care hospitals and other medical facilities will all operate on a single, integrated system. Additionally, CCHC patients will have access to Epic's online patient portal MyChart, where users can access their health records, message their providers and schedule appointments, among other functions. The project is expected to launch in fall of 2020.

"The quality of the clinical and support staff at Cape Cod Healthcare is second to none, but as technology advances and inpatient needs grow more intense, it is critical that we update our facilities and our ability to communicate with primary care and specialty care physicians in the community," said Michael Lauf, CCHC president and CEO, the publication reports.

The health system's new patient care tower, located at its Hyannis-based Cape Cod Hospital, will support care cardiac, cancer and intensive care services. The facility will feature 40 new cardiac and medical beds, and it is anticipated to increase intensive care space by 20 percent, according to the report.

The new patient care tower is expected to be complete by spring 2022.

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