New York City Health + Hospitals announced that it has successfully completed the first stage of a migration to a new electronic medical records system at Elmhurst and Queens hospitals, the first two of its 11 hospitals expected to make the transition.

The $764 million deployment of the new Epic Systems EMR has been more than two years in the making. Along the way, it was the subject of an internal investigation by the public hospital network’s own inspector general over concerns of improper billing, and several high-ranking IT officials connected with the project were forced to resign. There were also public accusations by the recently departed chief medical information officer for two of NYC H+H’s 11 hospital centers that the new system was launching prematurely at patients’ expense.

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