Novant Health, a not-for-profit
healthcare system serving North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina,
will partner with Epic Systems to develop a comprehensive practice
management and electronic health record (EHR) system for its 13
hospitals. Implementation of the EHR - a strategic priority for Novant
Health - will create a single patient record across all Novant
facilities while transforming and simplifying Novant's current methods
of health information exchange.
"This news is truly a milestone for Novant Health," said Stephen
Wallenhaupt, MD, chief medical officer for Novant. "The integrated EHR
project represents the most extensive initiative in the history of our
The selection of an electronic health record system for Novant
Health's hospitals follows Novant Medical Group's ongoing success using
Epic Systems to transition over 360 clinic locations in waves. Since
July, the medical group has converted 192 primary care and specialty
clinics from paper records to electronic ambulatory technology.
"By selecting Epic Systems as Novant Health's acute care software
provider, we are continuing our efforts to bring innovative, quality
care to the communities we serve," said Dr. Wallenhaupt. "Epic's proven
experience and patient-centered philosophy in the field of healthcare
technology made them a natural selection for our organization."
Converting from paper records to a fully-integrated electronic health
record is the single, most expensive project Novant Health has
undertook in its history. The estimated cost to convert all hospitals
and physician clinics is $600 to $700 million over a five-year period.
The hospital EHR implementation project is slated to begin in January
2012 and will continue through mid-2015.
Patient benefits include email reminders for screenings and
preventative care, improved billing accuracy and the ability to email
physicians directly and securely. Additional online features, such as
prescription renewals, lab results and appointment scheduling, will make
accessing medical information convenient. Most importantly, a single
health record will provide physicians access to information about
patients more comprehensively whether they are in the emergency
department or the physician practice. This will allow physicians to
provide faster and safer care.
Epic Systems is a nationally-recognized software provider based in Madison, WI.