Stanford Hospital and Clinics started a trial program recently with Apple, as they also use Epic. Why does this not surprise me? Epic has to be the most popular large hospital software around today and the iPhone the same for cell phones. I did an interview earlier this year with Long Beach Memorial on their transition to Epic which describes the massive training efforts and attention to detail at their conversion.
Long Beach Memorial Center’s Conversion to Electronic Medical Records – Interview with Dr. James Leo
Epic systems is also used by Kaiser Permanente throughout their network, which pretty much goes to show there hasn’t been a job too big for Epic to handle. This pilot though is different as the article states, as Apple in actively involved this time in the process. BD
“The hottest company in the electronic medical records industry is a secretive Wisconsin outfit called Epic Systems,” a recent Forbes article explained. “It does little marketing or advertising, shuns acquisitions, never issues press releases and tries to stay out of the headlines.”
An EMR company with a penchant for the secretive? No wonder Apple has teamed up with Epic Systems to increase its foray into the healthcare IT space. Here’s another reason: “Yet with a reputation for customer service and software that is more user-friendly than most, Epic has snagged contracts with famous places like the Cleveland Clinic and University of Chicago Medical Center, the big HMO Kaiser Permanente and Group Health Cooperative in Seattle,” Forbes reported. Epic has won about 40 percent of the new contracts for EHRs at major hospitals, according to one estimate from research firm Klas Enterprises.