Minnesota health system to roll out Epic EHR

Willmar, Minn.-based Carris Health, a nonprofit subsidiary of CentraCare Health in St. Cloud, Minn., will go live on an Epic EHR May 1, West Central Tribune reports.

The EHR installation project, which has been underway for more than a year, will transition Carris Health clinics across Minnesota to a single EHR platform. The health system expects its hospital and medical center, both in Willmar, to go live on Epic later this year, according to the report.

"This is a route to better patient care," Carris Health Information Systems Medical Director David Ross, MD, told West Central Tribune. "That's at the heart of why we're doing this."

More than 1,200 staff at six different care facilities have been undergoing training on the new system, which will improve patient record sharing between the clinics and hospital. The system also comprises Epic's MyChart patient portal, which allows patients to schedule appointments online, view medication lists and message their providers, among other features.

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