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Baptist Signs Contract for Electronic Patient Records

Posted by Steve Rogers | July 11, 2012 / 09:06am | Local News, Business, Health
Baptist Memorial Health Care recently signed a contract with Epic, a software vendor based out of Verona, Wis., paving the way for the 14-hospital system's transition to a new electronic health record.

The project will involve all 14 Baptist-affiliated hospitals, including those in Columbus, Booneville, New Albany and Oxford, along with its clinics and financial systems. All 14,000 Baptist employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians will be affected by the project.

Baptist chose Epic after conducting a great deal of research and involving colleagues in numerous demonstrations, which more than 2,500 attended. Baptist took colleagues' feedback into deep consideration before making a decision, according to Baptist leadership.

"Baptist is thrilled to announce our plans with Epic," said Stephen C. Reynolds, president and chief executive officer for Baptist. "As we look toward a new century of care, we must look for the best and most up-to-date vehicles for providing patient and family-centered care.

Dr. Jack Brown, chief medical information officer for Baptist said, "Epic is the dominant leader in the marketplace right now and a perfect fit for Baptist. Epic will allow us to transition from a premier hospital system to becoming a truly patient-centric health care delivery system."

Brown explained that Epic will allow the hospital system to create one record for each patient that is accessible to all the patient's caregivers and to the patients themselves. Baptist leadership also cited Epic will help increase efficiency by sending automatic reminders to patients and alerts for physicians and clinical staff.

"Our choice of the Epic Electronic Medical Record is another tool the Baptist System is adding to provide our patients with the highest quality of healthcare," said Dr. John Reed, medical director at Baptist Golden Triangle in Columbus.

"Epic offers cutting edge technology to patient safety and vital communication between the whole healthcare team," he added.

With approximately 270 customers, Epic serves more than 42 percent of the U.S. population and two percent of the world's population. Epic makes software for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals and integrated health care organizations, including community hospitals, academic facilities and multi-hospital systems. KLAS' 2011 Top 20 Best in KLAS Report rated Epic as the No. 1 Overall Software Suite based on 25 separate performance measures. KLAS is an independent company that measures vendor performance to help hospitals make informed decisions. The same KLAS survey rated Epic as the best in ambulatory care and acute care electronic medical records, surgery management, emergency medicine, radiology, pharmacy, patient accounting and management, and practice management.

With 328 beds, Baptist Golden Triangle is the largest regional hospital affiliated with the Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system. With physicians and surgeons representing almost every medical specialty practicing at the hospital, Baptist Golden Triangle offers a wide range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages.

The hospital offers a variety of services to the community, including the Baptist Centers for Cancer Care, Baptist Behavioral Health Care for those with behavioral and mental health problems, an emergency room with 24-hour ambulance service, an extensive rehabilitation department, and educational programs. Baptist Golden Triangle employs more than 1,000 health care professionals.
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