University of Miami Health first to deploy Epic EHR in mobile setting

University of Miami Health became the first health system to deploy an Epic EHR outside a traditional clinical setting when it outfitted three mobile units with the technology.

To get there, its IT experts created a new Epic service area that separated the mobile patients from the rest of the health system, storing their health data without billing them for services. The vehicles operated by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center provide free cancer screenings.

"This is really evidence of our team approach in working with our physicians and researchers," said David Reis, PhD, vice president of IT and CIO at UHealth, in a March 27 news release. "There are so many opportunities to leverage technology in new ways to help our patients where they are."

The project garnered UHealth the CIO 100 Award for IT excellence in 2023. The health system now also uses the Epic-equipped vehicles to offer yearly vision screenings to school-aged children.

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