Partners HealthCare launches Epic EHR for $1.2B

This weekend, Boston-based Partners HealthCare launched what is its biggest single investment to date — a $1.2 billion information technology system, according to The Boston Globe.

The EHR, developed by Epic Systems, took three years to build and costs double its initial price tag of $600 million, according to the report. The new EHR will streamline disparate software programs across Partners' 10-hospital, 6,000-physician network.

Partners aims to have one record per patient across its entire network so physicians, nurses and other clinical staff can access up-to-date information easily. Partners hired 600 employees and consultants to build and implement the system and onboard staff.

Over the weekend, it launched at the Brigham, Partners' Faulkner Hospital campus, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and in its home care division. Partners will continue to implement the technology throughout its network over the next two years, according to the report.


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