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US Coast Guard Awards $14 Million Dollar Contract to EPIC for New EHR As Current System Does Not Meet Federal Standards

Posted Oct 05 2010 12:44am 1 Comment

There’s certainly no problem with being compliant with Epic as this is the system used by Kaiser Permanente, Cedar Sinai and many other large medical centers. 

The contract began on September 30th and will include all the necessary capabilities to share records.  The coast guard has 43 ambulatory clinics and image remote sick bays on land and on water.  The Epic system will connect the sick bays and allow for sharing via CCR standards and the system will support the VLER (the virtual lifetime electronic record which is a project working with the DOD and VA.  BD 

The Coast Guard’s current EHR system does not meet federal requirements for a standards-based electronic medical record capable of exchanging health data, according to the announcement. It also lacks basic EHR features such as clinical decision support, population health reporting, and patient scheduling portals, the announcement said.

“(The) current environment is inefficient, experiences poor user satisfaction, and has no wireless user interfaces,” the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard’s current EHR system does not meet federal requirements for a standards-based electronic medical record capable of exchanging health data, according to the announcement. It also lacks basic EHR features such as clinical decision support, population health reporting, and patient scheduling portals, the announcement said.

The Coast Guard operates 43 ambulatory clinics across six time zones and remote sickbays on land and afloat. All land-based clinics and sickbays are connected to the Coast Guard Digital Network (CGDN) through which they access the Medical Information System.

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Thanks for posting these observations. I have a local client with concerns regarding the performance of the EPIC system and am searching to find publically available information. Your observations are some of the first I located through a Google search of [medical diagnostics "EPIC System"].
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