NYU Lutheran launches Epic EHR, implements Imprivata patient ID
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based NYU Lutheran has launched Epic's electronic health record, consolidating the clinical systems at the health system's 22 inpatient and outpatient care settings, the health system announced Monday.
The platform integrates with NYU Lutheran Medical Center, NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers and affiliated faculty group practice offices in the NYU Langone Health System. Officials say the goal is better patient-provider communication, improved access to medical records and for patients to share medical history with providers.
The Epic integration links the health system with the larger health information exchange network Healthix and uses a sophisticated analysis and reporting platform to improve patient and provider experience, according to officials.
The health system has also implemented Epic's MyChart personal health record and messaging portal, as well as Imprivata's PatientSecure, a biometric palm-scanning technology that can identify patients at registration.
"Digitizing health records has become a national imperative in order to modernize healthcare for patients and consumers," said Robert I. Grossman, MD, NYU Langone's CEO in a statement. "This enormous undertaking is a key component of our commitment to provider our patients in Brooklyn the world-class care that is a hallmark of the NYU Langone health system."
Planning and development took more than a year, with the health system's IT, clinical and administrative departments analyzed the existing EHR systems and created workflows tailored to the patient population.
The Epic rollout is the largest clinical go-live in the NYU Langone health system to date, officials said. Funding was provided partly by a $29.2-million grant from New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program.
"The integration of NYU Lutheran and these electronic health record innovations have created an efficient, safe and convenient way we can communicate and deliver healthcare," Bret J. Rudy, MD, hospital executive director and senior vice president at NYU Langone said in a statement.
"We created a seamless way to collect information that respects patients' time as well as their confidentiality," he added. "The end result is improved patient satisfaction and reduced costs. This is an exciting new chapter in how patients experience healthcare at NYU Lutheran."