Ochsner Health System and Rush Health Systems on Tuesday solidified a long-term partnership that will unify their electronic health records as they look to streamline operations and build on their telehealth capabilities.
Through the partnership, New Orleans-based Ochsner will install and implement Epic, which will sync up with Meridian, Miss.-based Rush's system and ideally improve care coordination, patient registration, scheduling, clinical integration and billing, executives said. The not-for-profit health systems also plan to build on their telehealth partnership and expand their digital health offerings.
"At Ochsner, we believe the best care is local care and this partnership provides Rush physicians and patients greater access to the depth and breadth of operational innovation and specialized care for which Ochsner is nationally recognized, while remaining right here in Mississippi and Alabama," Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner, said in a statement.
In 2018, all of Rush's seven hospitals implemented Ochsner's telestroke program, which provided around-the-clock neurovascular care and consultation with Ochsner specialists.
Rush plans to continue to expand its telehealth programs as well as leverage Ochsner's digital health offerings to help the organization manage chronic diseases through remote monitoring, executives said.
"Our collaboration will result in the sharing of best practices, reduction of unnecessary costs and development of innovative care solutions through technology," Larkin Kennedy, president and CEO of Rush, said in prepared remarks.