Skip to content Skip to navigation

Epic: Data Exchange Numbers Up 300 Percent in Last 12 Months

March 25, 2016
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

In the last 12 months, nearly a quarter of a billion patient records were exchanged using Epic’s Care Everywhere platform, the Verona, Wis.-based health IT vendor announced in a blog post this week.

This number of patient records exchanged represents a 300 percent increase from the year prior. Records were exchanged with groups using other electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchanges (HIEs), health information service providers (HISPs), entities connected to the eHealth exchange, and members of the Epic community.

According to the post, the Care Everywhere platform supports all Epic’s clinical users, which includes more than 28,600 clinics and 1,200 hospitals. Organizations using Care Everywhere make up the nation’s largest EHR-based exchange group, covering a patient population of approximately 181 million, the vendor attests.

Last fall, a report from Utah-based KLAS Research found that despite a reputation of being a vendor that is difficult to work with others, Epic rated positively for its interoperability strengths. The report found that providers want invisible, effortless connections that provide high patient are value. Connections via EHR vendors’ private networks are the closest match today, with Epic clients in the Care Everywhere network composing more than 80 percent of such connections and enjoying immediate benefits once live. This was in response to the question of which connections bring the highest value, according to KLAS.

Demonstrating the success of clear governance and standards, Care Everywhere is successful due to clear client governance, Epic’s large footprint, and an almost effortless activation process, according to the report’s findings. Epic’s network does not solve the critical need for heterogeneous connections built through vendor collaboration, however, according to respondents.



CMS Hospital Compare Website Updated with VA Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the inclusion of Veterans Administration (VA) hospital performance data as part of the federal agency’s Hospital Compare website.

CMS Awards Funding to Special Innovation Projects

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded 20, two-year Special Innovation Projects (SIPs) aimed at local efforts to deliver better care at lower cost.

Center of Excellence in Genomic Science to be Established in Chicago

The National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded $10.6 million over five years for the establishment of a new research center in Chicago to advance genomic science.

EHNAC and HITRUST Combine HIPAA Security Criteria, CSF Framework

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) announced plans to streamline their accreditation and certification programs.

Halamka on MACRA Final Rule: “CMS is Listening and I Thank Them”

Health IT notable expert John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, recently weighed in on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule.

Texas Patient Care Clinic Hit with Ransomware Attack

Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.