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Cindy Alvarado, clinical analyst, demonstrates the use of the integrated electronic medical records system in a patient room at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

One year later, Rice Hospital in Willmar, Minn., looks back at implementation of electronic health records


WILLMAR — As morning dawned on Feb. 1, 2012, Teri Beyer was nervous.

In a single “big bang” changeover, Rice Memorial Hospital was going live that day with Epic, a new electronic health records system integrating clinical and billing information for patients.

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Anne Polta

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