- Advocate Health Care recently announced plans to transition from using a combination of Cerner and Allscripts EHR systems to a single Epic EHR.
Illinois’ largest health system made the decision to switch to a single Epic EHR and revenue cycle management solution shortly after merging with Epic user Aurora Health Care in December 2017. Advocate will assist in creating the 10th largest non-profit health system in the country by merging with Wisconsin-based Aurora.
“Advocate has been laser focused on our transformational efforts around safety, outcomes and consumer experience, and our decision to move to a single platform is yet another demonstration of our commitment to accelerate results and reimagine health care delivery for those we serve,” said Advocate Health Care CEO Jim Skogsbergh in an emailed press release.
“Transitioning to our new system-wide electronic health record will enable us to improve care coordination and operational efficiency, allowing Advocate physicians and nurses more time to do what they do best – provide the highest quality and safest care for our patients,” he continued.
Advocate officials stated the EHR replacement is expected to be completed within the next three years. The health system will need to train more than 17,000 Advocate physicians, nurses, and associates to use the new system.
“This transition will allow for better interoperability throughout our entire geographic region, benefiting patients through a seamless, integrated approach,” said Advocate Health Care Senior Vice President of Health Informatics and Technology and CIO Dr. Bobbie Byrne. “We are confident this single-platform EHR will be a nimble, long-term solution that can be continually adapted and developed as technology advances to keep us on the leading edge.”
Transitioning to an Epic EHR will also improve interoperability between Advocate and Aurora physicians for improved care coordination. The merger agreement is expected to close by mid-year 2018.
The Advocate-Aurora health system will include 27 hospitals, more than 500 care sites, over 3,300 physicians, and nearly 70,000 associates and healthcare providers. The combined annual revenue of the two organizations presently amounts to about $11 billion.
“A single platform allows us to expand our digital efforts as we continue to deliver on our promise to transform care delivery and meet consumers’ desire to literally access and improve their health from the palm of their hand,” said Advocate Senior Vice President and Chief Marking and Digital Officer Kelly Jo Golson.
Advocate’s Epic EHR will also streamline online patient appointment scheduling and digital check-ins. Patients will also benefit from a new MyAdvocate patient portal.