Columbia University Medical Center

Preparing for Epic

Columbia, NYP, and Weill Cornell Medicine recently announced that we’ve signed a contract with Epic to create a single electronic health record (EHR) and practice management platform that will help us provide improved care and service to our patients. We want to share more information about the work underway here at Columbia as we prepare to implement Epic.

Our focus to date has been to create organizational structures and processes to help departments across the medical center prepare for the work ahead. We’ve appointed three leaders who will be responsible for the implementation of Epic at Columbia. Timothy J. Crimmins, MD, RPVI, chief medical information officer of ColumbiaDoctors, and Roe Long, RN, MBA, chief operating officer of ColumbiaDoctors, are co-leading the Executive Readiness Advisory Committee. Shunichi “Nick” Homma, MD, FACC, deputy chief of the Division of Cardiology and chief medical officer of ColumbiaDoctors, is leading the Clinical and Operational Readiness Group. These leaders have met with groups from every clinical department to provide an overview of the project and to help them begin planning within their areas.

As an academic medical center, we also have to anticipate how our EHR will affect our teaching and research missions, especially in the areas of residency training, clinical trials, precision medicine, and population health. We have established an Academic Steering Committee to provide faculty representation in these areas.

Over the next 24 months, hundreds of faculty and staff from across the medical center will help us build one of the most advanced and up-to-date EHR systems in the world. It will help us improve patient care and quality and integrate scheduling, billing, and revenue cycle tools into a single platform. It will also provide new analytic capabilities and reduce duplication of work and services.

One of our key goals is to keep you informed about what’s happening during each stage of the project, what to expect in the months ahead, and how you can support the effort. We’ve launched a website, epic.cumc.columbia.edu, that will serve as Columbia’s communications platform throughout the project.

Thank you for everything you do to make Columbia one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. We look forward to working with you, and with our colleagues at NYP and Weill Cornell Medicine, on this important initiative.

George A. “Jack” Cioffi, MD
President, ColumbiaDoctors
Chair, Ophthalmology

Lindsay J. Graham
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Chief Executive Officer, ColumbiaDoctors