BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Catholic Health has announced an investment of over $100 million in state-of-the-art technology that will connect its hospitals, laboratories, clinician offices and health centers with patients.
The investment is the largest in the 165 year history of the health system.
“We’re not satisfied being the quality leader in Western New York. We want to be the best-in-class nationally and that means giving our doctors, nurses, clinicians, and patients the most advanced tools available to improve care delivery and the overall health of our community. This investment not only represents a significant leap forward in EHR technology to enhance our quality achievements, it will also provide our patients with the very best care experience, giving them a sense of ease when accessing or navigating healthcare across Catholic Health.”
Catholic Health will begin the transition to Epic Electronic Health Record system (EHR) over the next 18 months, the health system calls Epic "the most most widely-used and comprehensive health record system in the country," with more than 200 million patients worldwide.
A partnership with Canisius College has also been announced as part of this investment, Catholic Health will lease 20,000 square feet of space on the third floor of the college's Science Hall for its 150 member EHR implementation team.
An additional 40 positions will be added to Catholic Health's existing IT team and technology specialists from Epic to make up its EHR implementation team.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us to implement Epic throughout our hospitals, outpatient centers, home and community-based care facilities and physician offices. While it’s challenging work, it’s also exciting because we know it will be a game-changer for our patients and care delivery in our community.”