Epic install affects NCH Healthcare's operating performance

Naples, Fla.-based NCH Healthcare System's operating performance weakened mainly because of challenges with labor, rising prices, longer hospital stays and the introduction of a new EHR system, according to a Feb. 28 Fitch report

The health system implemented a new Epic EHR system that went live in June 2022. Fitch reported that this go-live contributed to NCH's weakened 2022 and 2023 operating performance. 

But, since NCH has stopped using agency nurses, Fitch expects the health system's profitability to gradually improve. 

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