January 19, 2018

Around the nation: Fairview CEO says health care leaders must call on Epic to open its platform

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    Fairview Health Services CEO James Hereford in comments earlier this month said Epic Systems should open its platform to foster innovation, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

    • Arizona: The University of Arizona and the state health department will share a federal $2.2 million grant to train emergency responders and community members in rural areas to identify and treat opioid overdoses with a reversal drug. The training will be provided by the university's Center for Rural Health and the state Bureau of Emergency Services (AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/17).

    • Minnesota/Wisconsin: Fairview Health Services CEO James Hereford earlier this month said health care leaders should urge Epic Systems to "open up [its] platform" to foster innovation. "I will submit that one of the biggest impediments to innovation in health care is Epic, because [of] the way that Epic thinks about their (intellectual property) and the IP of others that develop on that platform," Hereford said. He added, "It's for our benefit in terms of having an innovative platform where all these bright, amazing entrepreneurs can actually have access to what is essentially 80% of the U.S. population that is cared for within an Epic environment." In response, Epic spokesperson Meghan Roh said, "We are proud of our open platform that many health systems and third parties have put to use. … We are also excited about the hundreds who have joined our developer program, as well as the many whose innovations are now available on the App Orchard," an online store where developers can sell apps that are compatible with Epic systems (Grayson, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 1/16).

    • Texas: Faced with an influx of patients with influenza, Baptist Hospital has set up a triage outside of its ED. The triage has about 15 beds. John Delacerda, RN, said the triage "is kind of a proactive versus reactive reaction to everything." He added, "We have a lot of sick patients in the [ED] right now, so this kind of helps bleed out a lot of the stuff that we don't need to keep a bed tied up for in the [ED]" (Knowles, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/16).

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