Rochester Regional Health proposes $14M Epic EHR update

Rochester (N.Y.) Regional Health plans to adopt Epic's EHR across the system, bringing all the hospitals and outpatient practices onto the same platform, reports the Democrat & Chronicle.

Rochester Regional is comprised of five hospitals, nine ambulatory campuses and more than 65 primary care locations. Currently, Rochester General Hospital, the system's flagship location, uses Epic. The proposed project to take Epic systemwide carries a price of $14 million.

"It's a big price tag, but this is something that makes sense in a lot of ways," said Albert Blankley, director of research and analytics for the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, in the report. "You want to be able to communicate across the system."

The outpatient practices of Unity Hospital, also in Rochester, and Clifton Springs (N.Y.) Hospital & Clinic are scheduled to start the upgrade in early 2016, and Unity Hospital is projected to go-live on the system in early 2017, according to the report.

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