RISC Replacement for Epic* and Caché*? One Health System’s Leaders Explain Why They’ve Made the Move

Located in Northwest Louisiana—one of the poorest areas of the United States—University Health System strives to deliver top-quality care to some of the sickest of the sick and the neediest of the needy. The two-hospital system is affiliated with Louisiana State University School of Medicine and maintains a Level One Trauma Center.

Healthcare budgets in Louisiana are tight and getting tighter. So when UHS’s technology leaders saw an opportunity to get their Epic* infrastructure on a more sustainable footing, they did their due diligence and then made the move. Today, their Epic* EMR and InterSystems Caché database run on the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 and E5 families powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux* and VMware*.

In this short video, UHS CIO Marcus Hobgood (below, left) and executive IT director Gregory Blanchard (below, right) tell what they were after—and what they’ve achieved. (Hint: Zero downtime, 40 percent faster responsiveness, 50 percent lower acquisitions costs—and very happy clinicians.)

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Watch the video and share your thoughts or questions in the comments. Have you moved your EMR database to an Intel® platform? Are your results similar to Marcus and Greg’s? Any insights to share based on your transition?

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