Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS), working in partnership with Mercy Technology Services, has announced the go-live of its new Epic EHR system. The new Epic EHR system provides a new single unified patient record for the district hospital serving two rural counties across 3,500 square miles in California and Nevada.
Mercy Technology Services (MTS), the IT pillar of Mercy provides and manages technology solutions for Mercy, the nation’s first health care provider accredited by Epic to offer a full suite of EHR solutions to other hospitals, including Epic in the cloud, implementation and optimization.
“Not only was this model of Epic a cost-effective option for a small health system like us, we’re also looking forward to significant savings without the maintenance of eight EHRs and with retiring a host of third-party ancillary systems no longer needed with Mercy’s build of Epic,” said Crystal Betts, TFHS’s chief financial officer. “The cherry on top is time saved and a boost to quality and safety with a tightly integrated EHR that just works.”
THFS oncologist Dr. Tom Semrad echoed these comments. “I’ve been through Epic projects and used the system in past lives, but this one is a cut above,” he said. “Training and workshops helped ease us into using our new EHR, and Mercy’s sophisticated system design clearly reflects the needs of the people using it. It’s bound to be a real satisfier for the physicians at TFHS.”
With locations in Truckee, CA, and Incline Village, NV, Tahoe Forest Health System offers 24-hour emergency care, a total joint orthopedic program including direct anterior hip replacement surgery, physician multi-specialty clinics, Women’s Choice Award-winning OB department, and CoC-accredited cancer center.