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Exec quits over patient safety concerns weeks before Epic go-live

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Charles Perry, MD, resigned from his CMIO post at Queens and Elmhurst Hospital Centers in New York on March 4 reportedly with the dire warning that a planned April 1 Epic EHR implementation could lead to patient harm, even death. But the organization that runs Queens and Elmhurst, NYC Health + Hospitals, just countered that there is no cause for concern.

“The idea that we’d jeopardize patients to meet a deadline is simply wrong – if a patient safety issue is identified, the project will stop until it is addressed,” a NYC Health + Hospitals spokesman told Healthcare IT News. “NYC Health + Hospitals and its Epic implementation experts have assembled a team of about 900 technicians who will work around-the-clock through the week surrounding the transition in both Queens and at remote data centers to ensure we shift to the new system as smoothly as possible.”

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