NEW DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE ANNOUNCED FOR NEW ORLEANS-BASED HOSPITAL SYSTEM

Louisiana is home to a statewide healthcare system serving its residents called LCMC Health. The company is the parent corporation of Children’s Hospital, Touro Infirmary, University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans, New Orleans East Hospital, and West Jefferson Medical Center.

UMC is the state’s largest teaching hospital that was opened in 2015 after several years and a $1.1 billion price tag. Before the hospital officially opened, they had to deploy and test a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure in a tight, three-month timeline.

In an effort to make the new infrastructure as effective as possible, UMC partnered with electronic health records (EHR) company Sapphire Health, data management company NetApp, and CMA Technology to implement Epic electronic medical records (EMRs).

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“University Medical Center [UMC] New Orleans, a public-private partnership with the State of Louisiana, was built and founded by the State and is the first of five hospitals in the LCMC Health system with Epic deployed as the EMR,” said Tanya Townsend, CIO of LCMC Health. “Sapphire Health’s understanding of our requirements, CMA Technology Solutions’ delivery of the core Epic infrastructure, and NetApp All Flash FAS enabled us to meet consolidation and integration requirements. We quickly built out two new data centers capable of delivering critical patient data to thousands of clinical users.”

LCMC Health is the parent corporation of Children’s Hospital, Touro Infirmary, UMC New Orleans, New Orleans East Hospital, and West Jefferson Medical Center. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina decimated two of Louisiana’s major teaching hospitals, the State of Louisiana and LCMC Health unveiled a new facility, University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans, the largest teaching hospital in the state. Because of a tight launch schedule, UMC had only three months to deploy and test a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure before the hospital opened. The technology team sought to give physicians, clinicians, and radiologists rapid access to patient information through Epic electronic medical records (EMRs) and GE Centricity PACS applications using virtual desktops accessed from shared thin-client terminals.