Epic expands outside of hospitals: 4 healthcare organizations that deployed Epic EHRs this year

Epic has been adding major healthcare organizations outside of its typical hospital clients to its software network, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

More than half of U.S. patients already have hospital stays and clinic visits recorded on Epic's EHR. Now, with more than 95 percent of U.S. hospitals live on some type of EHR system, health IT vendors must turn to new specialty areas to fuel their growth, according to Alan Hutchison, vice president of population health at Epic.

"We're moving beyond the walls" of the hospital, Mr. Hutchison told the Wisconsin State Journal. He added that one of Epic's goals is to unite all aspects of a patient's medical care into one digital records system.

For example, Walgreens and CVS have linked their pharmacies to Epic for the past few years, and Premise Health, a Brentwood, Tenn.-based worksite health provider, unveiled plans to implement an Epic EHR across its 500-plus worksite-based health and wellness centers in 2017.

Moving into 2019, Mr. Hutchison said Epic is talking to home health providers, hospice providers and telehealth companies about implementing its EHR software.

Here are four healthcare organizations outside the hospital space that unveiled plans to implement an Epic EHR or completed an Epic EHR go-live in 2018. Organizations are listed in alphabetical order.

1. Exact Sciences Corp. (Madison, Wis.)

2. New York Life Insurance Co. (New York City)

3. Pacific Dental Services (Irvine, Calif.)

4. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

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