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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.

“We wondered if all the preparation and all the training and all the technical pieces would fall together on the first day,” recalled Beyer, the hospital’s chief quality officer.

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