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.

UMass also is implementing the Soarian clinical and financial inpatient applications from Siemens Healthcare, a clinician portal from dbMotion, document management and imaging from Hyland Software for an electronic legal medical record, perioperative information systems from Picis, and an enterprise master person index and related interoperability tools from Initiate Systems.

The delivery system currently is considering vendors for an enterprisewide emergency department information system. Cornerstone will take UMass "well beyond" the minimum requirements for meaningful use of EHRs under the HITECH Act, reduce variability in the delivery of care, and improve care coordination and patient safety, says George Brenckle, CIO and senior vice president.

More information is available at umassmemorial.org.

--Joseph Goedert


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