Middle Park Medical Center selects new medical records system
Middle Park Medical Center will pursue a new electronic medical records system with Centura Health, its managing health care system.
MPMC’s board of directors chose Centura’s Epic system at its Oct. 29 meeting after leadership made the recommendation.
Previously touted as the best option for MPMC, joining Centura’s system will give MPMC staff improved interoperability with many Front Range facilities that patients frequent, said MPMC Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer Trampas Hutches.
“Obviously, it made more sense to go with Centura,” Hutches said.
Though a cost hasn’t been agreed upon, Hutches said the final cost would be around $1.3 million, down from the previous estimate of $2.1 million.
Centura hasn’t yet brought its own 16 hospitals onto Epic, but plans to do so in three waves, the first being in May 2016.
MPMC will be the first manage affiliate hospital to implement Centura’s software and will do so in its own separate wave in September 2016, Hutches said.
Staff has expressed frustration with Healthland, MPMC’s current EMR software system, which they say functions poorly.
The system hasn’t been updated since 2008.
In many instances, doctors said they had resorted to scanning and faxing medical records to other facilities for lack of an adequate EMR system.
The new software will also improve MPMC’s billing system, which has been a recurring issue in its financial reports.
MPMC executives had considered a number of other options including cloud-based EMR systems and Epic software with health care systems other than Centura.
MPMC leadership grappled with finding a system that was both optimal and could be implemented quickly.
Epic currently has around 53 percent of the market share nationally, and joining the system will mean MPMC can share records easily with any hospital in the world, Hutches previously told the Sky-Hi News.
Though Centura’s Epic software was the optimal choice, the timeframe of implementation was a concern for MPMC leadership.
Centura officials had expressed doubts as to whether MPMC would be able to go live in one of the system’s first waves, saying they didn’t want to subject MPMC to the troubleshooting that comes with implementing new software.
But MPMC staff made a successful presentation to Centura leadership in September, Hutches said.
“Our physicians were there to voice their concerns and those kinds of things and that really impressed them so they moved it up quite a bit,” Hutches said.
MPMC must complete negotiation contracts with Centura before it can implement the software, Hutches said.
Implementation should take six months after it starts. MPMC has also hired an Epic specialist to assist with implementation.
“I think it’s just a big win for us to be able to come down to an organization that big and be able to convince them that we’re really state of the art with out infrastructure, and we’re able to take this type of a project on,” Hutches said.
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