Chattanooga hospital chooses Epic for new EMR system

Chattanooga hospital chooses Epic for new EMR system

Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel announced that the Chattanooga hospital has chosen Epic Systems for a new electronic medical records system that he said will cost close to $100 million over 10 years.

He said Cerner was the other finalist for the major hospital expenditure.

Mr. Spiegel said the new system will mean some 100 more jobs at Erlanger. He said Epic will bring up to 200 workers here during the two years for installing the system.

Mr. Spiegel also announced that Epic CEO Judy Faulkner will be coming to Chattanooga on May 26 for sessions dealing with the new system.

Forbes described Ms. Faulkner as “a self-made billionaire, who is the founder and chief executive of $1.8 billion (2014 revenues) Epic Systems, a privately-held company that sells electronic health records. More than half the U.S. population has its medical information stored in Epic software. Clients include Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins and CVS Health, which is deploying Epic in its MinuteClinics. In June 2014, the company announced a partnership with Apple that allows patients to share biometrics stored in healthcare apps with their doctor through their digital record.”

Forbes said Ms. Faulkner has a net worth of $2.6 billion.

Mr. Spiegel also said that Erlanger is considering an OpenTable system allowing patients to make doctor appointments via their cell phones.

He also said Erlanger will unveil a new website soon.

Mr. Spiegel said he is setting up a new department of Quality at Erlanger and is seeking to hire its administrator. He said the unit will be physician-led.

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