Epic to replace 5 EHRs at Mohawk Valley Health System

Utica, N.Y.-based Mohawk Valley Health System plans to replace the five EHR systems it uses with a single Epic EHR, the Observer-Dispatch reports.

Here are four things to know about the switch:

1. Epic is not one of the five EHR vendors the health system currently uses.

2. Part of Mohawk Valley Health System's struggle with IT traces back to when Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center, both based in Utica, N.Y., formed the health system in 2014, bringing with them several disparate systems.

3. Mohawk Valley Health System hopes implementing Epic will not only streamline information exchange across the health system, but also with other providers in the region.

"Epic will make it easier for our providers to communicate and access the information they need to care for their patients," John Lynch, vice president and CIO of Mohawk Valley Health System, said in a news release obtained by the Observer-Dispatch.

4. Health system officials expect the Epic EHR to be operational in summer 2019.

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