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Release Date: 07/13/2015
Care New England has announced the implementation of Epic’s Community Connect electronic health record (EHR) platform in the Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation (RIPCPC) practices of Drs. Richard Del Sesto and Al Puerini. The first agreement of its kind in Rhode Island, Community Connect allows independent practices to license an affordable, fully-integrated EHR system to enable seamless and efficient care coordination for patients. Care New England was the first Rhode Island-based provider to go live with Epic Ambulatory Care in 2014.

“Going live with Community Connect is a crucial step as RIPCPC continues to strive to deliver better health care and improve communication throughout the health care system” said Dr. Puerini, president of RIPCPC and vice chairman of Integra Community Care Network. “Community Connect allows physicians to easily communicate with colleagues, emergency rooms, hospitals and patients in real time, the value of which cannot be understated. Community Connect facilitates the improved coordination of care that providers and patients have wanted and needed for many years." According to Dr. Puerini, RIPCPC will transition all of its 140 primary care physicians to Epic’s EHR through Community Connect over the next nine months.

“Epic is a versatile, state of the art system which will afford my patients the ability to be more involved in their own health care,” said Dr. Del Sesto. “It allows for more interaction between the patient and provider. From a clinician’s standpoint, I can more easily see the patient’s total health care picture because of Epic's ability to gather clinical information across the entire care continuum. It all boils down to patients benefiting from a more coordinated care experience.”

With Community Connect, independent physicians have the benefits of a shared record at a lower cost than implementing a free-standing EHR. In addition, by utilizing the technical resources offered by Care New England, independent practices benefit from the confidence of a large scale implementation while avoiding the risks of developing an EHR from scratch. Community Connect also solves many of the challenges community providers have with the federal mandates of Meaningful Use and interoperability.

“In addition to the tremendous boost this gives to care coordination, Epic Community Connect further exemplifies the relationship and commitment of Care New England to Integra and Rhode Island Primary Care,” said Dennis Keefe, president and CEO of Care New England and chairman of Integra. “This will absolutely move us forward in our pursuit of the Triple Aim to improve patient care, eliminate unnecessary duplicate testing and reduce costs.”

Community Connect practices are integrated with CurrentCare through Epic’s CareEverywhere platform. CurrentCare is a free service developed by the Rhode Island health care community and run by the Rhode Island Quality Institute. CurrentCare is based on a secure electronic network that gives authorized medical professionals access to their enrolled patients’ most up-to-date protected health information from multiple sources in one place. More information about CurrentCare is available at

Care New England has installed Epic Ambulatory in more than 40 practices, offering more than 50,000 patients in Rhode Island and southern New England an opportunity to partner with doctors to manage their health through MyChart, Epic’s online personal health record.

About Care New England

Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island joined the system as a hospital partner in 2013. Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; three teaching hospitals affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler, Memorial and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent, affiliated with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; a home care and hospice agency, the VNA of Care New England; a community based mental health provider organization, The Providence Center; and the Care New England Wellness Center.

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