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03/21/18 - Carris Health Clinics prepare for transition to unified Epic software platform

Carris Health announces plans to transition its nine Carris Health Clinics (formerly ACMC Health Clinics) to a single Epic electronic health record (EHR) system in 2019.

The decision to switch to a single Epic EHR and revenue cycle management system for Carris Health was determined shortly after announcing the formation of the new entity on January 1, 2018, a partnership between ACMC Health, Rice Memorial Hospital and CentraCare Health.

CentraCare Health has used the Epic application since 2006. Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital, along with twelve other organizations in the region, are already connected through CentraCare's Epic system.

"Transitioning our clinics to a system-wide electronic health record will enable us to improve efficiencies and provide patients with enhanced care coordination and a better consumer experience throughout the region," said Carris Health Director of Clinical Systems, Heidi Albrecht.

The implementation of Epic and other integrated systems at all nine Carris Health Clinic locations is expected to be completed by summer 2019. Over the course of the next year the clinics will implement and train more than 1,200 staff on the new clinical and revenue cycle system.

"During the formation of Carris Health, we recognized early on that we can better care for our patients by sharing expertise and resources," said Chief Information Officer, Tony Alsleben. "The move to a single, integrated electronic health record system will allow us to improve care and outcomes for our patients while streamlining connectivity and information sharing across our entire system."

When completed, the single, integrated Epic system will replace current platforms in place at the nine clinics for electronic health records, patient scheduling, registration, billing, lab, and patient portal.