Piedmont Healthcare Projected to Save 49% Annually by Migrating Epic EHR to AWS


Industry Challenge

On-premises infrastructure is expensive and time consuming to maintain for the healthcare industry. For Piedmont Healthcare (Piedmont), running its Epic Electronic Health Record (EHR) system on premises was costing an estimated $15.5 million per year.

AWS on Air 2020: Voice of the Customer – Deloitte & Piedmont (23:35)

Choosing AWS enabled us to work alongside highly skilled individuals to rapidly move our migration forward.”

Geoff Brown
Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
Piedmont Healthcare

Piedmont Healthcare’s Solution

To reduce on-premises costs and labor, Piedmont used Amazon Web Services (AWS) and engaged AWS Premier Consulting Partner Deloitte to develop a proof of concept for migrating its Epic EHR workloads to the cloud. “The cloud environment now has become more conducive to our regulatory and compliance requirements,” says Geoff Brown, vice president and chief information officer at Piedmont.

Deloitte and Piedmont developed this proof of concept in 6 weeks. To test its performance without risking patient data, the teams migrated one of Piedmont’s training environments to the cloud and gathered feedback from Piedmont employees. “One of the comments we received was ‘Can we keep using this? Because it works better than what we have on premises,’” says Eric Foote, managing director at Deloitte. The teams completed the test migration in 2 weeks, spending only $387.

Benefits of Using AWS

Piedmont will continue to migrate to AWS and plans to expand the proof of concept beyond Epic EHR workloads. Deloitte projects that Piedmont will save 49 percent of its annual costs, saving an estimated $53 million over 7 years. “Choosing AWS enabled us to work alongside highly skilled individuals to rapidly move our migration forward,” Brown says. “The collaboration with Deloitte sealed the deal.”

Learn more about AWS for Healthcare: aws.amazon.com/health.

About Piedmont Healthcare

Piedmont Healthcare is the largest healthcare provider in Georgia.

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