Vanderbilt University Medical Center begins IT overhaul, Epic implementation

Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center has launched its 18-month IT replacement project called Epic Leap. The medical center is replacing its current IT system with software from Epic.

The overhaul will involve implementing Epic technology for a greater part of the medical center's clinical, administrative and billing services. The staff and faculty will switch to Epic software for numerous processes such as medical record-keeping, hospital scheduling and admissions, nursing documentation, outpatient prescribing, medication administration and hospital billing by November 2017.

Eventually, patients will also engage with their healthcare at VUMC visa Epic software. The software will allow patients to interact with their healthcare providers, schedule visits online and receive comprehensive bills, rather than separate bills for hospital and professional services.

"We're going to be really well prepared. And importantly, we're going to look at how we can improve our processes of workflow as we install, so that everything is in sync," said Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, president and CEO of VUMC and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, at the project launch.

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