Meritus Health rolls out Epic EHR, with help from St. Louis-based Mercy

Meritus Health, based mostly in Hagerstown, Maryland, has gone dwell with its new Epic digital well being report – carried out and hosted by way of a collaboration with partnership with Mercy Technology Services, the IT arm of the 45-hospital St. Louis-based Mercy.

Meritus, which has direct a software program license with Epic, needed extra capabilities from the expertise that may have been out of attain for a similarly-sized small well being system, in keeping with Mercy.

So with help from MTS, it opted to implement Mercy’s superior model of the Epic system, gaining sooner entry to a extra sturdy and higher-performing EHR whereas sustaining autonomy over the system for its personal functions.

“Adopting a new EHR can be a costly, time-consuming process for any healthcare system,” stated Tom Chan, chief monetary officer for Meritus Health, in a press release. “Thanks to our partnership with MTS, Meritus was able to implement one of the most sophisticated versions of Epic in use today, reducing the time to install from 18 months to just over a year and helping us experience savings along the way.”

Mercy’s mannequin of Epic, developed over the previous decade for its personal use and that of MTS purchasers,   presents many specialty modules, cell capabilities, medical choice help performance and inhabitants well being administration instruments.

Meritus, whose CEO Joseph Ross retired abruptly this previous month, had first introduced its plans to implement Epic in July 2017 after a reported 18 months of planning, with an anticipated value of $100 million. At the time, Ross stated clinicians on the well being system, whose flagship Meritus Medical Center has 243 beds, “particularly preferred Epic.”

Mercy’s 900-employee expertise employees has repeatedly been voted certainly one of Healthcare IT News’ Best Hospital IT Departments.

“We’ve been growing really fast so there’s a lot of acquisition work going on, as far as bringing other healthcare organizations into our infrastructure, converting them to some of our Epic systems,” Mercy Chief Information Officer Gil Hoffman informed HITN in 2017. “That’s been a lot of work. We’re also a little bit unique from the standpoint that Mercy sells its IT services to other providers: We have commercialized our IT, and that has taken a lot of work, bringing some other health systems not only into our Epic services but our hosting services as well.”

Similarly, earlier this yr Mercy consolidated its imaging platform, distilling a number of legacy PACS and VNA programs right into a single hosted expertise, and commercialized it by MTS as a safe software-as-a-service mannequin aimed a small- and midsize hospitals.

“As we started this journey with MTS, we knew we wanted to maintain a degree of autonomy,” stated Meritus Health’s chief transformation officer Carrie Adams. “This process helped us retain the ability to make decisions about the direction of our EHR so we can build and grow a system that meets the needs of our clinicians as well as our patients.”

Hoffman added: “Meritus is really a model for how a smaller health system can best implement a new EHR on their own terms. By taking advantage of MTS’ experience, a decade of Epic design and award-winning build, they’ve been able to catapult their capabilities, while managing their risk and controlling their costs.”

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