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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.
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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.
This August, the Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital will convert to Epic, our new electronic medical record system. Emergency Department clinicians are leading a two-year effort to ensure a smooth rollout, including creating interfaces with the hospital’s other electronic medical record systems and making changes to improve processes across the Hopkins enterprise.
After Epic went live at Howard County General Hospital on June 1, 2013, a procedure for ordering tests proved cumbersome for Emergency Department physicians. Seeking improvements, a “physician builder,” a category of an Epic expert with a unique role in deeply understanding the system, created a solution now being rolled out across Johns Hopkins Medicine emergency departments.
All Johns Hopkins employees who use Epic must first learn about the system through a combination of online and in-person instruction. This training program, which is tailored to specific roles and updated based on the comments of past participants, is essential to the success of the Epic rollout.
As Epic continues its rollout across Johns Hopkins Medicine, users praise its ability to collect, merge and organize patient information across the health system, creating a more complete and up-to-date medical record that includes doctors’ notes, lab reports, referrals, prescriptions and images.