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The Franciscan Alliance has selected Epic, a compre­hensive, integrated suite of applications for electronic medical records (EMRs). This dynamic health-information technology will strengthen our system’s processes related to patient care and clinical administration.

Franciscan St. Francis Health in the Central Indiana Region led the Franciscan Alliance transition to new software systems designed to streamline care and continue to elevate quality care throughout the hospital. St. Francis Health launched Epic hospital-wide on February 26, 2011.

From May to August 2011, our hospitals took part in the Collaborative Build process in Merrillville, IN, to work through details and make decisions that will affect how the Epic system works across the Franciscan Alliance. These sessions also were integral for our hospitals as they worked toward their Epic launch dates at Franciscan St. Margaret Health in June 2012, and Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point and Michigan City in August 2012. Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health in Lafayette and Crawfordsville will launch Epic in April 2013, with Franciscan St. James Health and Franciscan Healthcare - Munster launching in May 2013.

The changes will help unify Franciscan Alliance hospitals and will create a stan­dardized model for care, allowing for reporting across the corporation and consistent processes Epic will replace most clinical and revenue management and will ultimately include a patient portal. The largest non-construction project the Franciscan Alliance has ever implemented, the OneChart project will be supported in part by federal stimulus dollars and more than 150 people from the hospitals and Franciscan Alliance Information Services.