BUFFALO, N.Y. — Catholic Health is investing more than $100 million in an updated electronic health records (EHR) system, a move it says will boost quality and benefit patients.
Catholic Health CEO Mark Sullivan told 2 On Your Side he began thinking of switching companies after the one that owned the old record system was sold.
"We want to make sure that our clinicians and the patients have the best tools available to measure their health and their healthcare."
Catholic Health has signed a deal with Epic, a Verona, Wisconsin-based technology company, to design a unified EHR system for all of its facilities, including hospitals, clinics, long-term care, lab, imaging and even home care settings. In later phases, the project calls for providing access to the system for area physician practices affiliated with Catholic Medical Partners. The company has contracts with other large medical groups like the Cleveland Clinic and Northwestern Memorial.
But the project is also expected to boost Canisius College, adding revenue and advanced training opportunities for students, as the health system shifts 150 IT workers to the college science center during the three-year project.