Newswise — Nebraska Medicine has selected Epic’s Healthy Planet population health platform, to orchestrate better, more affordable care across 1,100 physicians using different electronic health record systems (EHRs).

This platform will support Nebraska Medicine’s Clinically Integrated Network called Nebraska Health Partners. The network will help private practice physicians work more collaboratively across the state to improve care, reduce costs, benefit from group purchasing agreements and participate in new federal incentive programs.

"Improving care is no longer about what one physician can do, it’s about what we can do as a community of care givers with better technology,” said Michael Ash, M.D., chief transformation officer at Nebraska Medicine and assistant professor for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine’s academic partner. "By creating a physician network and investing in the country’s leading population health platform, we believe we can strengthen communication and coordination across hospitals and private practices to make sure the right things get done at the right time."

With Epic’s Healthy Planet, Nebraska Health Partners will be able to gather patient information across multiple data sources – including EHRs, claims, pharmacies, satisfaction surveys – in order to perform sophisticated analytics and provide community providers with a more complete view of the patient with better decision support.

Real-time information sharing and analytics will be especially important when participating in new federal incentive programs like the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MACRA – MIPS).

“Healthy Planet will be the engine that makes it possible to better predict patient needs, intervene earlier and work together to improve outcomes,” said Brian Lancaster, executive director of Nebraska Medicine’s Information Management Division. “We considered platforms from multiple vendors, but in the end Epic’s platform is powering the largest and most successful population health programs in the country, and that’s what we want for Nebraska.”

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