Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Health Care is implementing a suite of clinical, financial and ancillary information systems from six vendors across its five-hospital, 800-physician enterprise under a project called Cornerstone. The initial capital outlay is about $40 million.

The goal of Cornerstone is a fully integrated electronic health record across the delivery system. UMass is implementing the Allscripts Enterprise package for its ambulatory sites. It also plans to use the Stark Act exemptions to subsidize installations of the Chicago-based vendor's MyWay practice management/EHR software for small physician practices. UMass intends to interoperate with other EHRs that community physicians use, says Karen Marhefka, associate CIO and executive leader of the Cornerstone project.

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