University Health System, the public district hospital for the San Antonio, Texas metropolitan area, will put USD170 million to update its Epic EHR system (Electronic Health Record), which involves costs associated with the Epic software, personnel training and retiring outdated software systems. The new HER system is designed to increase patient safety by checking patients’ medication lists for adverse drug interactions and advancing patient experience with messaging services.
According to a University Health System spokesperson, the hospital said that the breadth of Epic’s existing client base played a central role in its decision, particularly as the academic health system’s primary partner, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has used Epic for several years. The majority of other public health systems in Texas also reportedly lives on an Epic HER that may make it easier for clinical staff at University Health System to exchange patient data with nearby facilities when required. Epic is widely recognized for having tight interoperability among providers using its EHR and its interoperability service, Care Everywhere, allowing providers to exchange medical records with one another.
According to a 2018 KLAS report, the value of same-EMR interoperability has been discounted, but in Epic’s case, it has been a factor in large portions of the country adopting Epic. Currently, the University Health System is implementing the Epic system and plans to be fully live on the EHR in May 2020. Regarded as one of America’s Best Hospitals, University Health System owned and operated by Bexar County, and is the third largest public health system in the Texas region.