University Hospitals completes transition to Epic

Cleveland-based University Hospitals has completed its transition to Epic, a process that saw the health system convert 5.6 million patient records and scheduling systems into one EHR.

"For many years, our caregivers have had to coordinate the best care for our patients using the tools in nearly 20 different computer applications," University Hospitals CIO Robert Eardley said in an Oct. 4 University Hospitals news release. "Moving all of that care to a single integrated record with Epic will allow our exceptional caregivers to more efficiently find the right information and more easily document the best next step of care for that individual."

By completing the installation, the health system met CEO Cliff Megerian's, MD, goal of having a unified Epic EHR by the end of 2023. In January, Dr. Megerian told Becker's that the implementation would take 18,000 build configuration tasks and brought together 80 work groups.

The health system is looking to see a payoff through expanding access to MyChart and making it easier for patients to schedule appointments. The news comes as several other large health systems, such as Pittsburgh-based UPMC and Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Health, also recently announced they are switching to Epic.

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