US-based Emory Healthcare deploys Epic EHR with MacBook Air

Emory Healthcare has announced its deployment of the Epic electronic health record (EHR), with MacBook Airs made available to “thousands of clinicians” to support accessing of patient records via the platform.

The organisation reports savings of “$300 per device per year in software licensing and support costs, adding up to hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings per year” compared with non-Apple PCs.

Scott Smiser, chief technology officer at Emory Healthcare, called the deployment “more than just a technical achievement”, saying that the initiative “underscores our dedication to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and reaffirms our role as catalysts for positive change in the industry”.

The deployment marks the launch of the new native Epic Hyperspace app, which will make Epic available to clinicians directly from the Apple App Store. The solution has been tested at-scale within Emory’s Apple Digital Innovation and Testing lab.

Laura Fultz, vice president of applications and digital experience for Emory Digital, said: “We are so pleased to be able to offer our health care providers choices for how they use Epic. Now, our clinicians can run Epic directly on their Mac and are finding a faster, intuitive and delightful user experience.”

In related news from the US, the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have announced the launch of a shared electronic health record system at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC) in North Chicago, “completing the military’s adoption of the system and moving the VA a step closer to restarting its rollout across its 172 medical centers and clinics”.

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