MD Anderson Cancer Center goes live with Epic EHR platform
Three years after first announcing it had chosen Epic for its new electronic health record system, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center went live on schedule on March 4, according to the Houston Business Journal.
MD Anderson went to market for a new EHR in late 2012 and announced Epic as its vendor partner in the spring of 2013. Financial terms of the project have not been disclosed.
In a 2014 Fiscal Year in Review, Richard Champlin, MD, chair of the health system's Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, said the project would wrap up around this time. "We are involved in the planning for the March 2016 go-live with our new electronic health record system, Epic," he wrote.
One reason the rollout may have gone smoothly so far could be the experience of MD Anderson's Chief Information Officer Chris Belmont; before joining the cancer center in 2013, he served as CIO of New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System, where he implemented Epic across its 10 hospitals and more than three-dozen clinics.