Partner HealthCare Invests in Consolidating Electronic Records

Published By : 02 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Partners HealthCare is known to the world as a leading entity in the Boston-area hospital network. With an aim of upgrading its operations Partners HealthCare has consolidated several electronic health record systems. The step has been taken to ensure that every patient is connected with a single set of data across the facilities and specialties. The new system is programmed by Epic Systems and as per reports published in Boston Globe, the implementation of this upgraded technology is likely to cost the company a whopping US$1.2 billion. 

As per the report the Partners HealthCare are acquiring practices and hospitals at a pretty good price and in a better clip over the last decade. Member hospitals who are already a part of the endeavor are the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham & Women’s, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the North Shore Hospital McLean Hospital, and others.

The single record system is being viewed as a Holy Grail by a majority of hospitals in the region, since it will allow clinicians and healthcare professionals to access any information they need about a particular patient in one place. With easy access to the required information from a single platform the patients no longer have to visit a primary physician in the Partners system and then get the diagnosis conducted from another Brigham-affiliated practice, which again does not guarantee of delivering the test results to the primary care physician. The system that Partners invested on is meant to end such complicated methods, thereby enhancing the standard of healthcare services to patients.

However, implementing Epic or similar system will not be a cakewalk. This endeavor will be a complex and fraught project. However, the sources also revealed Partners is looking forward to proactive participation from doctors who otherwise are reluctant to focus on information technology. 
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