What's in Mayo Clinic's Epic implementation name?

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic has given its Epic implementation project a nickname, one that reflects the health system's history of innovation and advancement.

The EHR project is called Plummer, an homage to Henry Plummer, MD, who is credited with forming the core unified medical record infrastructure of Mayo Clinic, reports The Post-Bulletin

According to Mayo Clinic, Dr. Plummer and his colleague Mabel Root designed a "numeric registration system and unified medical record…The medical record, originally a paper dossier, contains the patient's medical history in one convenient location. For many years, the medical record was transported via pneumatic tubes and mechanical systems similar to the way department stores used to move dry goods."

Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Rhoda Fukushima Madson told The Post-Bulletin that naming the Epic installation after Dr. Plummer is a way to honor his legacy.

Mayo Clinic announced its Epic contract in January 2015. The implementation is projected to begin in mid-2017.

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