DaVita Physician Solutions to Replace Nephrology-Specific EHR with Epic | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

DaVita Physician Solutions to Replace Nephrology-Specific EHR with Epic

January 12, 2018
by David Raths
| Reprints
Company says change required to meet population health, interoperability requirements

Denver-based DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a provider of kidney care services in the United States and in 11 countries around the world, has announced that DaVita Physician Solutions will partner with Epic to replace Falcon Physician, its nephrology-specific electronic health record.

In a blog post on the DaVita web site, Adam Weinstein, M.D., vice president, medical affairs—clinical IT services, explained some of the thinking behind the transition. He noted that in 2009, DaVita took an opportunity to help nephrologists with clinical quality outcomes by introducing Falcon Physician, a nephrology-specific EHR. “Over the last decade, the needs of our users and the demands of the healthcare IT ecosystem have changed and, as a result, we needed to evolve and differentiate as well. Our software must continue to support interoperability and discrete data collection, while still meeting all of the necessary documentation demands of our users and their patients.”

Weinstein added that there is an increasing need for connecting an EHR to hospital systems, other clinicians, and large data repositories. “There is a need for population health tools that are slowly finding their way into practices looking to identify their most complex patients.  All of these tools require new ways to organize and think about data, which requires a fundamental change in the architecture of the way an electronic health record system works. This underlying architecture is the heart of our decision to evolve Falcon into DaVita CKD EHR.”

He said DaVita Physician Solutions would work with its customers to take advantage of Epic’s built-in population health tools. “Most of all, we are excited to see how our customers are able to share data amongst other clinicians and institutions on Epic’s Care Everywhere network."

A press release quotes Alan Hutchison, vice president of population health at Epic: "With Epic as its backbone, DaVita joins the community of connected organizations that covers almost two-thirds of Americans nationwide. CKD and end-stage renal disease are major drivers of cost and coordination is critical. By leveraging Care Everywhere interoperability, DaVita will not only be able to collaborate, but also to provide the Epic community with information and insights to help reduce costs and facilitate care.”

 

 

 

Get the latest information on EHR and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Allscripts Acknowledges Ransomware Attack, Says Impact is “Limited”

Health IT vendor Allscripts has acknowledged that it is investigating a ransomware incident that has impacted a limited number of its applications.

AHRQ to Fund Patient Safety Learning Laboratories

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research Quality plans to spend up to $5 million in fiscal 2018 to support as many as eight patient safety learning laboratories.

RCM Global Software Market to Hit $43.3B by 2022, Report Finds

The global market for healthcare revenue cycle management software is estimated to reach $43.3 billion by the end of 2022, according to a report from Future Market Insights (FMI).

Global Open Source HIT Project Gets $1M Donation From Cryptocurrency Philanthropy

OpenMRS, Inc., an open source medical records platform used in developing countries, has received a $1 million donation from the Pineapple Fund, an $86 million cryptocurrency philanthropy created by an anonymous donor known only as “Pine.”

Media Reports: Massive Data Breach of Norwegian Health Authority Could Impact 3 Million Patients

International media outlets are reporting that a hacker or hacker group breached the systems of Norway’s Health South East EHF, potentially compromising the healthcare data of nearly 3 million patients, or about half of Norway’s population.

Healthcare Groups Call for Improvements to Prior Authorization Process

A collaborative of healthcare organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Medical Group Management Association, released a joint statement this week calling for improved prior authorization procedures, including automating the process to improve transparency and efficiency.