Selects Epic Systems technology platform for its patient-centric
Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest health care system, has made a
significant commitment to redesign and re-engineer its health care
delivery model. The health care system has partnered with Epic Systems
Corporation, a worldwide leader in health information technology, to
transform the way Lifespan hospitals deliver care by emphasizing a
This model will provide patients with electronic access to their health
information 24/7, enable patient communication with caregivers,
eliminate duplicative and unnecessary tests, streamline the scheduling
process and provide a system that will pull patient information from
different caregivers into a single electronic medical record.
“Our decision to partner with Epic is so much more than an IT decision;
we are undertaking a fundamental redesign of the way we deliver care
throughout the Lifespan system,” said Timothy J. Babineau, MD,
Lifespan’s president and chief executive officer. “Once fully deployed,
the new Epic system will make it possible to exchange information at the
point of care. Patients will be empowered with easy access to their
health information, and providers will have exactly what they need to
make decisions in real time.”
Lifespan, which includes Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s
Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Bradley Hospital and Newport Hospital,
selected Epic after conducting an extensive review of similar vendors.
What set Epic apart from its competitors was its vast experience with
large academic medical centers and the patient-centric approach the
The decision to select Epic supports Lifespan’s approach to provide
patient care outside of the traditional hospital setting. Epic
facilitates this strategy through an integrated platform that will pull
information from across the continuum of care.
“Traditionally, hospitals have been at the center of care,” Babineau
explained. “Now, our focus is putting the patient squarely at the center
with a system that caters to the patient’s convenience.”
In addition to improving the patient experience, Lifespan expects the
new system to provide many other benefits, such as:
A single patient medical record that will be accessible
throughout the entire Lifespan system. For consenting patients
who travel, their record will be accessible across the country
with the patients’ other caregivers who use Epic.
A portal that will allow patients access to their health
information, as well as the ability to schedule appointments
electronically and communicate with their caregivers.
Enhanced chronic disease management under an accountable care
Elimination of duplicate and unnecessary testing.
Increased ability to perform clinical research and generate
Improved patient care through enhanced and standardized
Lifespan will also be making the Epic electronic medical record
available to its affiliated community physician practices. This will
bring patients and providers together like never before to improve
patient care, quality, communication, safety and efficiency. Through the
Epic system, all the providers caring for a patient will have access to
the latest, most accurate patient record whether the patient is visiting
the oncologist, cardiologist, primary care physician or is a patient in
Lifespan expects to begin implementation this spring with the project
being completed in 2015. The project is expected to cost $90 million.