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Hospital commits $8M to electronic records system

November 18, 2019
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A local hospital is spending $8 million on a new electronic records system.

Grand Rapids-based Mary Free Bed signed a 10-year agreement with Covenant HealthCare to extend its Epic electronic medical record software to Mary Free Bed, according to the hospital this month.

The Epic software enables "greater continuity of patient information" and collaboration across the medical community.

Epic allows Mary Free Bed to more easily participate in statewide collaboration with hospitals that use the software, including Lansing-based Sparrow Health System, Kalamazoo-based Bronson Healthcare, Metro Health-University of Michigan Health and Mercy Health in Grand Rapids.

Covenant HealthCare is a “joint partner” in the Mary Free Bed network and has been using Epic for 12 years with its multiple affiliated hospital sites.

The new software implementation already has begun and is expected to take 18-24 months to be fully operational, with phase one beginning in 2021 and phase two beginning in 2022.

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