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How NYC Health + Hospitals equipped its 1,000-bed field hospital with EMR, hospital tech

NYC Health + Hospitals and the New York Department of Health teamed up with Epic earlier this month to launch an EMR system across its 1,000-bed Javits Center field hospital for COVID-19 patients. In addition to the EMR, the New York City-based temporary hospital features other standard equipment for patient care, including mobile diagnostic imaging machines, pharmacies and some lab equipment, according to Kim Mendez, RN, chief health informatics officer at NYC Health + Hospitals. 

The New York District of the Army Corps of Engineers converted the 1.8 million-square-foot convention center into an alternate care facility in early April. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provided 50 laptops and 300 iPads for Javits Center staff to use the EMR, which is linked to NYC Health + Hospitals' Epic system. By connecting with the health system's EMR, Javits Center clinicians can register patients, use Epic's interoperability network to look up patient medical histories taken by other New York City hospitals, document clinical notes and discharge patients, Ms. Mendez told Becker's Hospital Review. 

Here, Ms. Mendez discusses how NYC Health + Hospitals stood up the EMR at Javits Center as well as her top priorities with leading the project. 

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