Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital CEO Brian Lovdahl appeared before the city council on Monday evening to seek the city’s approval for the purchase of a new electronic record system.

Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital CEO Brian Lovdahl appeared before the city council on Monday evening to seek the city’s approval for the purchase of a new electronic record system.

The electronic records system would be purchased from Meditech Epic at a cost of $1.5 million. Lovdahl told the council, “We do have a system right now that is outdated, and we are looking to purchase a new one.”

According to the city and county’s Joint Powers Agreement, a purchase of this size must be approved by both the city and the county.

Lovdahl assured the council “that our patients will continue to be our patients, and we’ll have a much more robust health records system.”

CCMH looked at a number of other systems, but the Epic system provided the best value. “In my opinion,” said Lovdahl, “Epic has become the gold standard for electronic systems.”

After a short discussion, the council voted to approve the request to purchase the electronic records system for $1,563,230. Maintenance for the first year would be an additional $167,034.

A number of items were on this week’s consent agenda.

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