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Dome: Epic Tools Give Patients Power to Schedule - May 2015
Two new Epic tools, Direct Scheduling and FastPass, give Johns Hopkins patients the ability to make and change their own appointments through their MyChart portal.
Users can expect several changes when the Epic electronic medical record system is upgraded to Epic 2014 on April 12. A closer alignment between current and past medical problems is among the dozens of tweaks in the first major upgrade to Epic since Johns Hopkins Medicine began rolling out the system in 2013. Other changes will help users search patient charts, compare clinical data and navigate the online environment more efficiently.
Dome: Epic Shortcuts - Experts Share Their Favorite Tips - March 2015
The initial Epic training is so extensive that users focus on what they need to know. Staff should now be comfortable with the system and be ready to fine-tune their techniques. Epic experts have provided advice for improving documentation, enhancing efficiency and decreasing errors in all Epic applications.
Dome: Epic Rolls Into Its Final Phase - January/February 2015
As Johns Hopkins Medicine continues its pursuit of the “one patient, one record” goal, the final phase of the Epic system rollout—the academic build—is underway.
Robert Kass, medical director for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians’ Westminster office, received training for Epic when it rolled out in 2013. But even though he and his colleagues were taught shortcuts to use the system’s various features, “if you don’t use them right away, you forget them,” he says Now, after a dedicated “Thrive After Go-Live” educational session that reviewed Epic features, Kass built in these adaptations to more easily enter referrals and lab and radiology orders. The sessions are so successful that Johns Hopkins Medicine leaders have adapted the trainings, too.
Last summer’s smooth Epic rollout in the Emergency Department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital can be attributed to preparation, practice—and, in part, to scribes. As they screened incoming patients, physicians stationed at the Emergency Department entrance didn’t have to document in the new electronic medical system at the same time. Instead, they were able to devote their full attention to patients while a trained scribe entered data into a laptop computer.
Back when treatment protocols were on paper, a provider may have signed off on 50 or more individual orders for one lung transplant candidate.Epic has put an end to that laborious process in several ambulatory settings across The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where a single, standardized clinical protocol for multiple orders has replaced sheaves of individual paper orders.
How to enroll children in MyChart: A resource guide to the proxy access process.
MyChart participation matters, even in Johns Hopkins settings that await the launch of Epic.
At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, the company revealed tantalizing bits about a partnership with Epic Systems, the dominant vendor of electronic health records. The announcement which highlighted Apple’s new HealthKit platform for health apps and tracking devices took many by surprise.