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Community Hospitals Switch Paragon EHR for CPSI EHR Replacement

Two community hospitals in Georgia and Mississippi will move from Paragon EHR systems to CPSI EHR replacements.

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By Kate Monica

- Two community hospitals have chosen to switch from Paragon EHR systems to CPSI-owned systems in EHR replacements based heavily on physician referrals.

These EHR replacements come after the recent Allscripts-McKesson acquisition in which Allscripts gained control of Paragon EHR.

Jenkins County Medical Center and Monroe Regional Hospital chose to implement the full suite of Thrive EHR solutions offered by Evident LLC—a subsidiary of CPSI.

After a recent acquisition by GA Medical Holdings Corporation, leadership at Jenkins County Medical Center in Georgia considered recommendations from several medical center staff members and the hospital administrator for the EHR replacement.  

Jenkins County hospital staff that had experience with Thrive EHR stated the solution would likely be the best fit for the community hospital environment.

“The familiarity with Thrive and the Evident team played a significant role in our EHR selection process,” said Jenkins County Medical Center Administrator Earl Whiteley. “Meeting our compressed timeline was also an indication of the dedication the Evident team had to our success.”

Monroe Regional Hospital in Mississippi chose Evident after recommendations from Alliant Management Services. The former Paragon client was looking for an EHR system capable of accommodating future changes in healthcare. Officials at the 238-bed facility also emphasized the importance of CPSI’s history of experience in community healthcare.

Based on recent data from Definitive Healthcare, CPSI is one of the top ten inpatient EHR companies by number of hospital EHR implementations.

The health IT company’s focus on community healthcare in rural communities has distinguished it as a top choice for thousands of hospitals and providers and over 3,000 post-acute care facilities nationwide. CPSI also offers a Rural Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program through Caravan Health to assist rural providers with the transition to value-based care.

“Our experience and longevity means everything to community healthcare leaders and providers,” said CPSI President and Chief Executive Officer Boyd Douglas. “With more than 35 years of serving the community healthcare market, our knowledge and durability speak for themselves when referrals like these come our way.”

Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees for Hiawatha Hospital Association unanimously voted to move from a Paragon EHR system to an athenahealth platform. The Kansas-based hospital association includes Hiawatha Community Hospital, Hiawatha Family Practice Clinic, and the Highland Clinic.

The move to athenahealth will ensure all healthcare facilities part of the association operate on a single comprehensive health record system. Additionally, patients will have improved patient portal access following the EHR replacement.

The influx of EHR replacements for former Paragon users follows a KLAS report finding McKesson Paragon users are equally split on whether Allscripts can yield noticeable improvements in the technology. Twenty-nine percent of respondents reported being confident Allscripts can develop and improve the system, while another 29 percent expressed doubts.

“Allscripts’ decision to maintain a small-hospital system and large-hospital system is reminiscent of the failed strategy that McKesson is still suffering from,” wrote one Paragon user. “I don’t know why Allscripts thinks they can make it work.”

A later Black Book survey stood in contrast to KLAS findings and reported 96 percent of Paragon EHR users are confidently optimistic Allscripts can improve the system. Nearly all administrative leadership stated they view the Allscripts acquisition in a positive light, while 86 percent of clinical leadership similarly saw the acquisition as likely to prove beneficial to their practices over the next 24 months.

"Hospital boards and executives are clearly hopeful the Allscripts acquisition will benefit their organizational processes and relieve their looming Paragon concerns,” said Black Book Managing Partner Doug Brown.

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