ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic has started the process of moving to a single, integrated electronic health record and billing system with the implementation of Epic at its Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Wisconsin.
Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Wisconsin began implementing Epic last weekend. Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Minnesota are scheduled to go live in November 2017, followed by Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus in May 2018 and Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Arizona and Florida in October 2018.
By October 2018, Epic will replace the three electronic health record systems that Mayo Clinic uses today, becoming the foundation for operations for decades to come. The system has been built to meet the specific needs of Mayo Clinic patients and staff.
“Having an integrated electronic health record across all of our sites can help us with our core mission of meeting patient needs,” says Steve Peters, M.D., chief medical information officer, Mayo Clinic. “It’s taking the best practices of Mayo Clinic to benefit all patients at all sites – converging on a common set of tools and bringing the best of Mayo Clinic to each patient’s care.”
Once Epic is in place across Mayo, patients and providers will have the information they need from one system. This includes medications, allergies and health issues. All future billing will be done through one system, meaning patients will receive one consolidated statement ─ no matter where at Mayo they are seen.
Known internally as the Plummer Project, this initiative builds on the legacy of Henry Plummer, M.D., who created the world’s first patient-centered health record at Mayo Clinic more than a century ago. More than 51,000 Mayo staff will be trained to use the new system.
“This project builds on the health care innovations and teamwork that have enabled Mayo Clinic to improve and save lives unlike anywhere else,” says Christopher Ross, chief information officer, Mayo Clinic. “By applying the world’s most forward-thinking technology and processes to our electronic health records and collaborative care systems, our experts will be even more connected in delivering the high-value care, research and education that Mayo is known for and patients deserve.”
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Rhoda Madson, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, email@example.com