Sutter Health To Restart Electronic Health Record Implementation Project
On Monday, Sutter Health announced plans to move forward on a project to implement electronic health recordsÂ throughout its 26-hospital system, the Sacramento Bee reports (Calvan, Sacramento Bee, 3/16).
The health system halted its initial EHR project in November 2007 in response to the economic downturn.
In its latest announcement, Sutter said it expects to spend $400 million over the next five years to expand its EHR network.
Sutter already launched the first phase of its project in early 2009 when it implemented EHRs at Sutter's Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame.
By 2011, Sutter aims to expand its EHR project to:
- Memorial Hospital Los Banos;
- Memorial Medical Center, Modesto;
- Menlo Park Surgical Hospital;
- Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz; and
- Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.
Sutter officials noted that more than 12,000 of its clinicians already are using EHRs through Sutter's clinics and physician offices. In addition, almost 300,000 patients currently use Sutter's personal health record service (Rauber, San Francisco Business Journal, 3/15).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.