Maintaining an Epic system can be a significant drain on a healthcare organization’s resources. A typical upgrade can cost an average hospital $1M or more in total project costs. Since 2009, there have been 6 of these releases, occurring every 17 months, with the next scheduled for February of 2018. This accounts for $7M or more in cumulative maintenance cost over the 9-year period.
An alternative approach to the management of these upgrades could reduce this cost by as much as 25% while maintaining or improving the quality of the outcomes, yielding a combined savings of almost $2M.