The Ambulatory EMR 'replacement' project began in July 2010 beginning with a Request for Proposals (RFP), as a decision was made to replace the existing EMR, Practice Partner in the spring of 2010. After an extensive review process, a Selection Committee consisting of over 70 physicians, nurses and other MUSC representatives, Epic's "EpicCare" Ambulatory EMR was recommended in December 2010. A contract with Epic was signed in mid-February 2011. The implementation project is currently ongoing with a go-live in 5 pilot clinics scheduled for March of 2012 with all other Practice Partner users switching to Epic in May of 2012.
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In September of 2005, contracts were signed with McKesson Information Solutions and Picis Inc. for the purchase and implementation of MUSCs eCareNet system. eCareNet components from McKesson include: Pharmacy Management, Emergency Department Tracking, Clinical Documentation (ClinDoc), Medication Administration (AdminRx), and Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE). PICIS software is being implemented as MUSCs Perioperative and Anesthesia System. Also included in the eCareNet initiative is expansion of the Oacis eCareNet Viewer.
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Information Security and IT Compliance Council
The Information Security and IT Compliance Council (ISICC) serves as a subcommittee of the Information Management Council (IMC). In this role, the ISICC provides input and support to the IMC in the areas of information security and IT compliance. The ISICC directly supports the IMC's mission of ensuring that appropriate and cost-effective information protection measures are applied to MUSC's information and IT assets, and serves as an advocate for the continuous improvement of MUSC's information security program. Additional information on ISICC homepage
Storage Area Network (SAN)
In an effort to gain greater efficiency and cost savings, the OCIO recently completed the purchase of a storage area network (SAN) from IBM. The SAN will eventually provide a centralized storage repository for data on all primary systems on campus. The SAN can be easily upgraded to accommodate additional storage requirements. It will also be used for centralizing management and backups of data and to provide a more secure environment. Once the SAN is installed, a number of issues regarding data storage will have to be addressed. These issues include retention of data, types of data stored, and archive strategies.
Enhanced support for Academic & Research
The rate of change in educational technology and tremendous growth in research at MUSC, call for additional support and solutions from IT. The newly created Center for Academic & Research Computing is focused on innovative problem-solving that enables and enriches research, teaching, and learning across the University. Specialized departmental needs for management of clinical trials have also spawned the search for a qualified vendor and software solution. Collaboration with the Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) is also of paramount importance for providing information and resource sharing across the state.
Materials Management (PMM)
This new system will allow for the improvements in the flow and management of materials throughout MUSC. It replaces the 12-year-old NOVA materials management system. A new web-based catalog will be developed for use by the various departments throughout MUSC along with a "just in time" delivery system. The new system will be integrated with the PICIS cabinets as well as the new PYCIS Operating Room system. Our objectives include reduced dependence on Purchase cards and consolidation of commonly purchased items into standard contracts.
Revenue Cycle Improvements
To improve the revenue cycle for inpatient accounting services, we will make a major upgrade to our current Keane inpatient accounting system. The upgrade will include conversion to a new data base, revision of the registration screens using a GUI format, integration of EDI exchange capability with third-party carriers for eligibility and claims submission, and automation of the account linking process.
partial update 7/15/11