WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, N.C., is bookmarking nearly $100 million to implement an integrated electronic health-record system, its largest single health IT investment to date.
The investment caps off an 18-month review of the way the system currently uses medical records—which found as many as 130 different components across its departments. The new system will streamline its medical records under one platform that will be adopted throughout its physician practices, inpatient facilities and emergency rooms.
WakeMed plans to enter the first stage of the implementation by summer 2013, with full adoption in 2015. The system also said in a news release
that it is in negotiations with EHR provider Epic Systems, Verona, Wis.