NYU begins EHR rollout

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New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center launched the first phase of its EHR system this month at Trinity Center in lower Manhattan.

All medical information for patients at Trinity will be stored on a longitudinal EHR platform from Epic Systems. According to Epic, Trinity physicians and staff can order tests, prescribe medications and automatically access patient lab, radiology and other testing results. The new system also will support administrative services via integration among registration, scheduling, and billing systems, according to the Verona, Wisc.-based Epic.

Trinity patients can access their complete medical file online through Epic’s SmartChart portal and, once registered, can see their virtual medical chart, including physician notes, lab results, medications and immunizations as well as use SmartChart to schedule appointments, request prescription refills and communicate with their care teams, the developer said.

The Epic system will be rolled-out across the Medical Center over the next two years and will impact approximately 85 percent of its core operations, NYU said. Additionally, Langone Medical Center has reported plans to subsidize approximately 75 to 85 percent of the cost of implementing and operating its system in their offices.

The next phase of the program is targeted for completion in September 2010 when the scheduling, registration and billing functions at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and Hospital for Joint Diseases will be incorporated into the platform.

The system will be extended to inpatient clinical care and special ancillary units in two later phases.