University of Vermont hospitals to deploy Epic EHR

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Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of new health IT contract wins and go-lives.

* Four hospital affiliates of the University of Vermont Health Network will adopt the Epic electronic heath record under a $151.7 million contract that will span a six-year implementation period. The university estimates replacing and maintaining current outdated systems would cost significantly more than putting in Epic. The participating hospitals are the University of Vermont Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Porter Medical Center and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital. Two other hospitals and the local Visiting Nurse Association will move to Epic at a later time.

* Ochsner Health System in Louisiana has contracted with Apriss Health to enable integration of state prescription drug monitoring information directly into Ochsner’s Epic electronic health record. This will enable physicians to access patient prescription history while working in the EHR, rather than having to log into a separate website to get information from a state database.

* Springhill Medical Center in Louisiana will implement the emergency department information system of MEDHOST with a planned go-live in early 2018. The 58-bed hospital, serving the community since 1975, is seeking to improve patient throughput to enhance patient satisfaction scores, and during its vendor search became impressed with MEDHOST’s track record at other implementation sites.

* Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta is one of the first customers to use provider search and scheduling software from Kyruus to match patients with the right providers, while also enabling patients, access centers and referral networks to book directly into underlying scheduling systems without leaving the Kyruus’ ProviderMatch software.

* The Miami Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facility has implemented perioperative planning software from LiveData and linked the software to the medical center’s existing workflow solution, also from LiveData. Document Storage Systems handled integration work and installed the technology in clinic offices and operating suites. The goal is to support patients arriving at medical centers prepared for surgery while avoiding last-minute delays and cancellations.

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