CA Nurses Sound Alarm Over Epic EMR System

Scott Mace, August 16, 2012

A multimillion-dollar "go-live" implementation of the EpicCare EMR from Epic Systems Corp. came under intense scrutiny Tuesday when two nurses approached the governing body of a California hospital with patient safety concerns.

Those concerns stem from an incident at a Contra Costa County hospital clinic at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA, where one nurse says the Epic system's recommended dosage of a heart medication "could have killed the patient."

"We're unable to document our medication administration correctly," said an emotional Lee Ann Fagan, speaking to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in Martinez, CA.

A nurse familiar with the patient's medical history was able to override the system and adjust the amount of medication.

The story immediately spread via local media in the San Francisco Bay area, and highlighted concerns throughout the county hospital system about the Epic implementation.

Scott Mace

Scott Mace is the former senior technology editor for HealthLeaders Media. He is now the senior editor, custom content at H3.Group.

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