Meritus Health rolls out Epic EHR, with help from St. Louis-based Mercy

Meritus Health, based mostly in Hagerstown, Maryland, has gone dwell with its new Epic digital well being document – applied and hosted through a collaboration with partnership with Mercy Technology Services, the IT arm of the 45-hospital St. Louis-based Mercy.

Meritus, which has direct a software program license with Epic, needed extra capabilities from the know-how that may have been out of attain for a similarly-sized small well being system, in response to Mercy.

So with help from MTS, it opted to implement Mercy’s superior model of the Epic system, gaining sooner entry to a extra strong and higher-performing EHR whereas sustaining autonomy over the system for its personal functions.

“Adopting a new EHR can be a costly, time-consuming process for any healthcare system,” mentioned Tom Chan, chief monetary officer for Meritus Health, in an announcement. “Thanks to our partnership with MTS, Meritus was able to implement one of the most sophisticated versions of Epic in use today, reducing the time to install from 18 months to just over a year and helping us experience savings along the way.”

Mercy’s mannequin of Epic, developed over the previous decade for its personal use and that of MTS shoppers,   presents many specialty modules, cellular capabilities, medical choice assist performance and inhabitants well being administration instruments.

Meritus, whose CEO Joseph Ross retired abruptly this previous month, had first introduced its plans to implement Epic in July 2017 after a reported 18 months of planning, with an anticipated price of $100 million. At the time, Ross mentioned clinicians on the well being system, whose flagship Meritus Medical Center has 243 beds, “particularly preferred Epic.”

Mercy’s 900-employee know-how employees has repeatedly been voted one in all Healthcare IT News’ Best Hospital IT Departments.

“We’ve been growing really fast so there’s a lot of acquisition work going on, as far as bringing other healthcare organizations into our infrastructure, converting them to some of our Epic systems,” Mercy Chief Information Officer Gil Hoffman advised HITN in 2017. “That’s been a lot of work. We’re also a little bit unique from the standpoint that Mercy sells its IT services to other providers: We have commercialized our IT, and that has taken a lot of work, bringing some other health systems not only into our Epic services but our hosting services as well.”

Similarly, earlier this yr Mercy consolidated its imaging platform, distilling a number of legacy PACS and VNA methods right into a single hosted know-how, and commercialized it via MTS as a safe software-as-a-service mannequin aimed a small- and midsize hospitals.

“As we started this journey with MTS, we knew we wanted to maintain a degree of autonomy,” mentioned Meritus Health’s chief transformation officer Carrie Adams. “This process helped us retain the ability to make decisions about the direction of our EHR so we can build and grow a system that meets the needs of our clinicians as well as our patients.”

Hoffman added: “Meritus is really a model for how a smaller health system can best implement a new EHR on their own terms. By taking advantage of MTS’ experience, a decade of Epic design and award-winning build, they’ve been able to catapult their capabilities, while managing their risk and controlling their costs.”

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