Healthcare giant launches $1.2 billion electronic records consolidation effort

Posted on June 1, 2015

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Fortune

Partners HealthCare, a massive Boston-area hospital network, is consolidating its many electronic health records systems so every patient is associated with a single set of data across all specialties and facilities. Implementation of the new system, by Epic Systems, will cost an estimated $1.2 billion, according to the Boston Globe.

That’s a lot of money for a huge job: Partners has been buying up hospitals and practices at a pretty good clip over the last decade. Member hospitals include Brigham & Women’s, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, McLean Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the North Shore Hospital and others.

Many hospitals see a single record as the holy grail because a clinician can access everything about that patient in one place. As things stood up to this week, a person might have a primary physician in the Partners system (say affiliated with Brigham & Women’s) and get…

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