Thursday, January 4, 2018

5 EHR Implementations, Go-Lives Slated for Completion in 2018

Epic, MEDITECH, athenahealth, blueEHR and Cerner are set to complete EHR implementations at hospitals across the country this year.
In 2017, a few hospitals and health systems signed EHR implementation deals substantial with large health IT organizations — some checking in at over $1 billion — as these healthcare organizations experience EHR replacements. Regardless of whether their ventures pay will rely on their treatment of the appropriation of the new EHR system.

Here are five EHR implementations anticipated that would dispatch this year.


blueEHR signed a contract with Sanford health by the end of 2017. blueEHR is supposed to go live at the Sanford's Ghana Location in the first phase by the mid of Jan 2018. 

"The global nature of our work necessitated we look for a malleable solution that will adapt to the needs and regulations of various countries," Jim Slack, vice president at Sanford World Clinic said.

"ZH Healthcare's mission matched Sanford World Clinic's perfectly," Shameem C. Hameed, CEO of ZH Healthcare said. "Sanford World Clinic needed a flexible, customizable electronic health solution that could adapt to the diverse needs of their clinics in different countries."

“The ability to customize this software enables health services in vulnerable, developing regions and empowers doctors to provide better, more coordinated care,” said Shameem Hameed, CEO, ZH Healthcare, the company behind the creation of blueEHR.


In the wake of finishing its initial Operational Capability program implementation of MHS Genesis for the Department of Defense (DoD) in October, Cerner intends to start more extensive system organization in 2018.

Cerner President Zane Burke expressed amid the health IT organization's second from last quarter 2017 income call that MHS Genesis would keep on going live at more DoD care locales this year. DoD granted the MHS Genesis contract to Leidos - which partnered with Cerner on the venture - for $4.3 billion of every a push to institutionalize and refresh its inheritance foundation.

A year ago, Cerner effectively finished MHS Genesis implementations at four Pacific-Northwestern DoD care locations including Madigan Army Medical Center, Naval Hospital Bremerton, Fairchild Air Force Base, and Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.

"These are critical breakthroughs as we have now conveyed a full arrangement of abilities, and these go-lives keep us on calendar to start more extensive deployment next year," said Burke.

Cerner likewise plans to gain ground on its EHR implementation contracting with VA this year, however transactions are as yet in progress. VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, has affirmed the primary VA care site will run live with a Cerner system year and a half after an agreement is concluded.

In addition to its continuous work with DoD and VA, Cerner plans to sign contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Cost Guard, Indian Health Facilities, and State Medicaid Programs.


This year, Mayo Clinic will migrate its care sites in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona to an Epic EHR.

These Epic implementations are a piece of Mayo Clinic's $1.5 billion task to coordinate the greater part of its patient health records into a solitary Epic system. Up until this point, Epic houses more than 200,000 patient records for Mayo Clinic care locales in Wisconsin.

Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota site will be the first to go-live this year, with a dispatch date set for May 2018. Locales in Arizona and Florida will follow in October.

"The aggregate cost of Mayo Clinic innovation ventures is assessed at $1.5 billion over various years," said Mayo Clinic CIO Christopher Ross. "Just a segment of this goes toward the electronic health record and revenue cycle replacement. The lion's share of this cost is for Mayo staff associated with complex design choices and arranging the Epic software to meet Mayo's particular needs."

Mayo Clinic has set up a preparation and war room at a Rochester facility to fill in as a headquarters for all exercises identified with the progress.


Hiawatha Hospital Association's change from a Paragon EHR system to an athenahealth EHR stage is required to be finished by August 1, 2018.

The Kansas-based hospital affiliation incorporates Hiawatha Community Hospital (HCH), Hiawatha Family Practice Clinic, and the Highland Clinic.

"This is a major move for our hospital and an awesome one," said HCH Board Member Mandy Graham. "As a clinician, I'm not just energized for the clinical work force affected by this constructive move, I am energized that the group will have straightforward entry to their own health data like never before some time recently."

Hiawatha selected to change from EHR vendor Paragon to athenahealth incompletely in light of the fact that the last represents considerable authority in little to medium-sized hospitals and doctor rehearses.

The hospital affiliation's choice to supplant its Paragon EHR took after the Allscripts-McKesson acquisition. The deal was estimated at $185 million.


Subsequent to supporting a multi-million dollar Epic implementation interest in October of 2017, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services wants to completely execute the system over every clinical program by June of this current year.

The Michigan-based behavioral health system is the first in the nation to partner straightforwardly with Epic. Pine Rest partner hospitals including Metro Health, University of Michigan Health, Spectrum Health, Sparrow Health, and Lakeland Health System as of now work on Epic EHR stages. 
"The head and the body have a place together," said Epic organizer and CEO Judy Faulkner. "This joint effort will enable Pine To rest deal with the entire patient however both a coordinated record and the enhanced interoperability they will pick up with Care Everywhere."

Pine Rest will utilize the Care Everywhere interoperability stage and Great Lakes Health Connect to empower health data exchange with hospitals utilizing distinctive EHR systems.