Name of Mayo Clinic's Epic implementation honors legacy

Mayo Clinic is calling its Epic implementation "Plummer" in an homage to Henry Plummer, MD, who is credited with forming the core unified medical record infrastructure of the organization, reports The Post-Bulletin

According to Mayo Clinic, Plummer and his colleague Mabel Root designed a "numeric registration system and unified medical record…The medical record, originally a paper dossier, contains the patient's medical history in one convenient location. For many years, the medical record was transported via pneumatic tubes and mechanical systems similar to the way department stores used to move dry goods."

Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Rhoda Fukushima Madson told The Post-Bulletin that naming the Epic installation after Plummer is a way to honor his legacy.

Mayo Clinic will begin implementing its new EMR in mid-2017.