Advocate Health Care switches to Epic EHR

Aug 10, 2019 | General

Excerpt from: Advocate Health Care switches to Epic EHR by Mike Miliard

In December 2017, Chicago’s Advocate Health Care announced that it would merge with Aurora Health Care of Milwaukee, Wisconsin – an $11 billion meeting of giants that would create the 10th-biggest not-for-profit health system in the U.S.

Aurora runs on an electronic health record platform developed by its home state’s own Epic Systems. It was announced Feb. 1 that now Advocate will too.

The health system didn’t put a price tag on the rollout, but Advocate officials said they expect the project to take about three years. The new EHR and revenue cycle management system will require training for more than 17,000 physicians, nurses and associates.

[Also: Advocate applies predictive analytics to patient-centered care for reducing readmissions]

Advocate is a longtime health IT leader, with deep experience in complex clinical integration and population health management.

In 2014, it had announced plans to merge with NorthShore University, another Epic client. The deal was dropped in 2017 amid antitrust concerns, but it could have required a decision on how to integrate its own disparate systems – Cerner for hospitals, eClinicalWorks for the patient portal, and Allscripts for its Advocate Medical Group.

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