EHR Best Practices Offered by Cleveland Clinic
by Jane Weber Brubaker
Cleveland Clinic was an early adopter of Epic’s electronic health record (EHR) beginning in 2000. In 2012, Cleveland Clinic launched MyPractice Healthcare Solutions, a branded version of the Epic EHR platform, to share best practices with other organizations.
“Part of Cleveland Clinic’s mission is to share its experience and model of healthcare with other health systems,” says Mitchel Krieger, MD, associate chief information officer at Cleveland Clinic. “MyPractice Healthcare Solutions is the vehicle by which we can share our experience in health information technology with other health systems.”
MyPractice Healthcare Solutions (MPHS) has both nonprofit and for-profit components depending on an organization’s affiliation with Cleveland Clinic and geographical distance from it. The nonprofit arm serves Cleveland Clinic acquired practices as well as independent practices within a 50-mile radius of Cleveland Clinic.
The for-profit arm serves non-affiliated physician practices and hospitals located beyond the 50-mile radius. The ambulatory solution is called MyPractice Community; the inpatient solution is MyPractice Community Hospital.
The for-profit group has a dedicated staff of 30 analysts and other employees. The group assists practices and hospitals with planning and implementing EHR systems and provides ongoing support and consulting. The main focus of MPHS is Epic; however, the team also offers consulting services to health systems using non-Epic EHR platforms.
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