Chicago Community Health Centers Taps OCHIN Epic EHR Implementation

Erie Family Health Centers has gone live with an Epic EHR implementation set to drive efficiencies and support interoperability with four Epic hospital partners.

Erie Family Health Centers has gone live with an OCHIN Epic Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation at its 13 community health center locations across Chicago.

The OCHIN Epic EHR implementation enables Erie's community health centers to access and share EHR data with four Epic hospital partners.

The organization partnered with Pivot Point Consulting on the EHR implementation, the first instance of OCHIN Epic in Illinois.

"We are thrilled to partner with Pivot Point and OCHIN to deploy the Epic platform across our community-based health centers," Amy Valukas, COO at Erie, who also served as a sponsor for the overall project, said in a press release.

"Our aim is to drive efficiencies, get more out of our data and build upon the robust connection between our clinical providers and our patients," Valukas added. "We were able to deploy OCHIN Epic seamlessly across our organization leveraging a super user program, effective training, as well as a provider personalization program to enhance patient-provider engagements."

Erie has over 730 staff members across seven primary care centers, four of which include integrated dental care.

The organization cared for more than 88,000 patients in 2021 – the highest number in its 65-year history. Out of 45 community health centers in Illinois, Erie now ranks in the top 1 percent of community health centers nationally and #1 in Illinois for newborn delivery volume.

"We are tremendously proud to partner with OCHIN and its members nationwide to successfully plan and implement the OCHIN Epic EHR platform," said Rachel Marano, founder and managing partner at Pivot Point.

"We are continually gratified by this important work to help superior community health centers like Erie leverage crucial technology so they can continue to deliver high-quality care to the communities they serve," she added.

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