Northwestern Medicine engages Nordic to navigate go-lives, Meaningful Use and a full-scale Connect

Project Scope Overview

  • Client Corporate Headquarters: Winfield, IL
  • Facilities: 2 hospitals
  • Number of Beds: 492
  • Number of Providers: 1,400+
  • Number of Employees: 7,400+

The Nordic Team

  • 4 Analysts
  • 1 Project Manager
  • 44 combined years of Epic experience
  • 19 combined certifications


  • Analyzed the current system build
  • Validated build plans with internal resources
  • Completed the new build
  • Tested the system and successfully brought both sites live by the deadline
  • Ensured that practices were able to attest for Meaningful Use
  • Left Northwestern Medicine with an array of documentation for future build, implementation, and program marketing, including an account manager detailed project plan and dashboard, an updated affiliate questionnaire, and more than 20 other processes and marketing documents

In July 2013, Northwestern Medicine (then Cadence Health) IT Director Roger Russell was tasked by leadership to bring two affiliate clinics live on the organization’s Epic system. The deadline for the Connect implementation was only three months away for the practices to be able to attest for Meaningful Use Stage 1 in 2013.

Russell and the CMIO asked Nordic's team for assistance with the two upcoming go-lives, current live site build issues, and the creation of a program they could implement themselves in 2014 – all in 12 weeks. With over 100 consultants with experience extending Epic, Nordic was ready for the challenge. Following approval from Northwestern Health leadership, the team began work on Sept. 3, just one month prior to the two go-lives.

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