NYC Health + Hospitals now live on Epic at 19 more facilities

NYC Health + Hospitals debuted an Epic EHR at two hospitals in New York City and 17 ambulatory care clinics in Brooklyn as part of the health system's $1 billion IT platform rollout.

New York City-based NYC Health + Hospitals released its plan for the systemwide transition to a single Epic platform in 2017, with the goal to move the health system's 40,000 users across more than 70 patient care sites to one, unified IT platform. NYC Health + Hospitals completed the first installation of the project — dubbed "H2O," which is short for "Health + Hospitals Online" — in October 2018.

In addition to Epic's EHR system, the H2O platform includes the vendor's MyChart patient portal, clinical decision support tools and revenue cycle features. With the recent implementation last month at the two hospitals and 17 ambulatory care sites, a total of 50 patient care locations and more than 19,000 users systemwide are working with the new system.

"This is a significant milestone in this massive enterprise-wide project and a tremendous testament to the dedicated clinical teams and IT professionals who have worked together seamlessly to support their shared vision for excellent patient care for the more than 1 million New Yorkers who rely on our services every year," NYC Health + Hospitals CIO Kevin Lynch said in a news release.

The next three phases of the implementation project are scheduled to roll out in late summer through early spring 2020 at five more hospitals, one acute care center and 15 additional ambulatory care clinics in New York.

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