New York City Health + Hospitals, the city’s public hospital network, is set to go live tonight with its new electronic medical records system.

The deployment of the new Epic Systems EMR comes at a time when the hospital network anticipates running a deficit of as much as $1.2 billion this coming year. Last month, New York City was forced to bail out the organization with an infusion of $337 million. In addition, the implementation has faced critics, including from the recently departed chief medical information officer for two of NYC H+H’s 11 hospital centers, who was quoted in a major New York paper saying the health system was launching the EHR system prematurely.

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