Augustine M.K. Choi, MD Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medicine
Steven J. Corwin, MD President and CEO
NewYork-Presbyterian
Lee Goldman, MD Chief Executive
Columbia University

Columbia, Weill Cornell Medicine, and NYP to Create a Single Electronic Health Record System

We are pleased to announce that Columbia, Weill Cornell Medicine, and NewYork-Presbyterian have signed a contract with Epic to create a single electronic health record (EHR) system across our three institutions.

The new system will make it easier and more efficient for our physicians and other clinical staff to deliver outstanding patient care. It will also integrate scheduling, billing, and revenue cycle tools into a single platform, replacing a range of outdated tools and providing new analytic capabilities.

This is a major commitment of time and resources for our institutions. Over the next four months, we will assemble a joint team of hundreds of faculty and staff from across Columbia, Weill Cornell Medicine, and NewYork-Presbyterian who will learn to build and operate the system. In 2018 and 2019, the team will identify best practices across our institutions, build and test the system, and begin to train end-users. Throughout the process, we will leverage the experience of Weill Cornell Medicine, which has used Epic for more than 15 years.

Weill Cornell Medicine will take the first step toward the shared EHR by moving its instance of Epic from New York into Epic hosting in Wisconsin in mid-2018. The first new implementation of our shared Epic system will take place in January 2020 at Columbia. Work will continue across Weill Cornell Medicine with upgrades to their existing Epic system, and across all of NYP, until the last go-live in January 2022.

One hallmark of a good, integrated EHR implementation is a commitment to identify best practices and then standardize them. We will need to plan, train, learn, and optimize together. If we commit to this approach, the benefits for our patients and everyone who works here will be enormous.

We look forward to this journey together and are committed to the work necessary to achieve our shared success.

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Benefits

Integrated EMR Integrated EMR/revenue cycle system across NYP enterprise
Increased Net Revenue Decreased days in accounts receivable and increased net revenue over time
Corporate Model Corporate model throughout main campuses and regional hospitals
Improved Efficiencies Operational efficiencies through improved processes and consolidation
Patient Experience Improved patient experiences
Increased Satisfaction Increased employee and physcian satisfaction
Unified Records Unified patient portal and clinical records
Patient Safety Improved patient safety from a complete clinical picture
Continuum of Care Fully integrated continuum of care across all RHN and Medical Schools