University of Colorado taps Epic for $67M EMR project

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A three-year, $67 million project to deploy Epic's EMRs across all clinical areas, and will integrate clinical systems and generate more than 150 jobs at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) Anschutz Medical Campus, in Aurora, Colo.

The Epic software will allow the hospital to implement an integrated computer system, said UCH, which will allow for improved documenting patient care, communicating patient needs and clinical research.

“At the peak of the project in 2011, UCH will have added nearly 160 jobs to the local workforce,” said Bruce Schroffel, president and CEO of the university. "More than 75 people have already been hired to work on UCH’s Epic implementation. The average salary for individuals involved in the implementation is $36 per hour, or $74,000 a year.

The system from Epic, based in Verona, Wis., will automate gathering information about insurance, medical history and medications during the registration process. In many cases, clinicians will also be able to share relevant and appropriate information with other community providers, according to UCH.