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AdventHealth – the  Florida-based health system that was renamed a year ago from Adventist Health System – will replace Cerner with Epic.

An anonymous AdventHealth employee says the health system was discouraged by the work that would be needed to address Cerner’s ambulatory and revenue cycle shortcomings. That person also said that consolidating AdventHealth’s three prod domains to one – those systems can’t communicate with each other now – would cost nearly as much as buying Epic, which its physicians wanted.

Another anonymous AdventHealth employee had predicted the switch two months ago, saying that the health system was frustrated with Cerner’s revenue cycle offerings, its lack of integration with its ambulatory system, and the redirection of the company’s focus to its DoD and VA work.

AdventHealth also uses Athenahealth and several other EHRs that will be replaced by Epic.

The three-year project will begin within the next two weeks.

AdventHealth is among the country’s largest non-profit health systems. It operates 67 hospital and ED locations, generates nearly $20 billion in annual revenue, and employs 83,000. It is not related to California-based Adventist Health, which recently terminated its Cerner revenue cycle outsourcing contract.

Cerner shares closed up slightly Tuesday.

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From Newser Nabob: “Re: AdventHealth. Why was it breaking news that it will move from Cerner to Epic?” It’s important when one of the country’s largest health system decides to spend billions to switch EHRs, especially if you are one of 125,000 people who work for Cerner, Epic, or AdventHealth; if you own CERN shares; or if your company does business with AdventHealth or might get the opportunity to do so with a vendor change. It would be equally newsworthy if a similarly sized organization announced plans to move from Epic to Cerner.

From Rolling On: “Re: Advocate Aurora Health. Massive Epic go-lives, with 15 hospitals last weekend in Wisconsin and the central lab that performs 15 million tests annually going up on Beaker. This weekend, three hospitals including Advocate Children’s that total 1,000 beds on all modules. No issues.”

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Currently there are "4 comments" on this Article:

  1. Rolling on’s comment that roll out of Epic at Advocate-Aurora has had “no issues” seems like fake news/hype to me. Have never ever known a major enterprise software switch-over to not have issues. Wonder what the frontline has to say?

  2. Advent giving the federal government a glimpse of their future. Only questions left are a) whether the VA will even get rolled out before they give up and b) how many billions Cerner can squeeze out of them before it happens. (That’s not true. I have a lot more questions.)

  3. As the CIO of Advocate Aurora Health, I am extremely proud of the success of our implementations to date. The partnership between HIT and Operations has been fantastic. We try to live our guiding principles and spend time on communications, change readiness, training, practice and dress rehearsals. We are highly focused on patient safety and being a high reliability organization. The safe care of patients through these transitions is our top priority.

    With that said, it is absolutely silly to say there are no issues. There are hundreds of issues. Healthcare is complicated and these are large implementations. While we have avoided serious issues, we are working through many, many, many access, device, printing and mostly WORKFLOW issues.

  4. @Newser Nabob: Why wouldn’t the AdventHealth decision be breaking news? As Mr. H. highlighted, the implications for a switch of this size and stature are massive and literally touch every end of the industry. In the post-MU era even an EHR move by a community hospital is a big deal that gets everyone’s attention, let alone that of one of the nation’s largest health systems.

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