Scripps taps Epic for EHR, revenue cycle

'This system will touch every clinical process and every caregiver at Scripps'
By Mike Miliard
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Epic has notched another big win, as Scripps Health, with its four hospitals and more than 25 clinics, has chosen the health IT giant to replace its electronic health record and revenue cycle management systems.

The enterprise-wide rollout will replace Scripps' current ambulatory and inpatient EHR and RCM systems, officials announced this past week, enabling full integration of the hospital and outpatient sites.

Scripps currently uses GE Healthcare's Centricity Enterprise EHR in its hospitals and Allscripts for its ambulatory centers.

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Design of the new Epic system will begin later this year, officials say, with implementation expected to kick off mid-2017.

With Epic, "our caregivers will be able to exchange data across our system, our region and beyond, with both civilian and military healthcare providers," said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps, in a statement. (San Diego is home to Camp Pendleton, the West Coast base for the U.S. Marine Corps.)

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"This seamless data and communications platform spanning the care continuum will improve the already excellent care we provide our patients and also position Scripps for long-term growth for years to come," he added.

"This system will touch every clinical process and every caregiver at Scripps," added James LaBelle, MD, the health system's chief medical officer, in a statement. "The new tools and functionality available on the Epic platform will allow our physicians, nurses, technicians and staff to work more efficiently and collaboratively to meet the needs of our patients."

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