August 6, 2015

Kevin Johnson: Clinical Systems 2.0 proposal sent to Cerner and Epic

CS 2.0 started with the announcement  that the Horizon suite of software used at Vanderbilt University Medical Center would no longer be supported in 2018.

In preparation for this, more than 750 VUMC staff have participated in the evaluation and selection process. During June and July, 23 Discovery Listening small group sessions were conducted throughout VUMC. Thanks to all who attended these sessions to share advice on how to build strong communication channels for CS 2.0.

Cerner and Epic are leaders in health care systems and both are capable of providing a strong foundational platform for VUMC to build innovative solutions.

On July 5 and 7, more than 80 staff, administrators and physicians met with the prospective IT vendors — Cerner and Epic — as they demonstrated their solutions to case studies (scripts). Teams from both vendors showed us their best thinking. This was the last step before sending the formal Request for Proposal (RFP) to Epic and Cerner last week.

To evaluate the possible partnerships we might form, executives from each vendor will be at VUMC to meet with us. At the end of August, the Steering Committee will make a recommendation — based our evaluation criteria — and submit to the VUMC Oversight Committee for review.

We want to continue to engage you. If you have questions, need more information or want to provide input, please email us at

Kevin Johnson, M.D., 

Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics