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Dome: 'Care Everywhere' Gives Clinicians More Information About Patients - September 2015
This Epic function simplifies record sharing across thousands of hospitals and clinics.
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.
Dome: Epic 2014 Ushers in New Features, Easier Navigation - April 2015
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.
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.
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.
During the rollout of such an enormous and complex system, obstacles and inefficiencies were expected. In the four weeks immediately following each Epic “go-live,” a 24-hour help desk took on the most pressing concerns. The challenge now is making sure the highest priority items are handled first and the workload is sensibly distributed.
These days, you’ll find dozens of Department of Emergency Medicine and the Pediatric Emergency Department staff in high gear designing and building their departments’ customized versions of the new Epic electronic health record system — with an eye on going live with it August 1, 2014.
The Epic electronic medical record system can help improve patient-centered care and earn financial incentives from the federal government. Johns Hopkins Medicine has a deadline that it can’t afford to miss. By 2015, the enterprise must be able to collect digital data that measure the quality of patient care in order to qualify for more than $100 million in federal health information technology incentives.
Dome: Know Thy Digital Self - September 2013
Now that MyChart—Epic’s secure patient website—has launched across Johns Hopkins Medicine in outpatient settings (with the exception of Suburban Hospital) and also in inpatient settings at Howard County General Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital, employees who receive care from Johns Hopkins providers have a new tool for accessing their personal medical record.
Dome: An Epic Debut – July 2013
Since April 4, when Epic rolled out across more than 600 ambulatory care settings, Johns Hopkins Medicine has nearly completed the first phase of an enterprise-wide migration to a common electronic medical record system.
More than 12,000 Johns Hopkins Health System patients have already logged on to MyChart, the secure, interactive website that connects them to their health care team and provides up-to-date information from their health record in Epic, our new electronic medical record system rolling out across Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Learn answers to frequently asked questions, including “Can I use Epic on my iPad or iPhone?” and “How is data entered into Epic for new/non-Johns Hopkins patients?
Less than two years ago, Johns Hopkins Medicine signed on to Epic and leapt into the future of health care. On April 4, the first wave of outpatient practices migrated to the new electronic medical record system, which will integrate ambulatory and inpatient records, improve the quality of care and meet the demands of health care reform.
Inside Hopkins: First-Day Impressions – April 11, 2013
As wave one went live, Inside Hopkins chatted with several employees about how things went in the initial days of the switchover. Read their comments and share your own experiences.
What does it take to adopt one electronic medical record system across Johns Hopkins Medicine? As Epic goes live in ambulatory settings throughout August, the statistics reveal a project of breathtaking scale.
As more than 600 ambulatory care settings across Johns Hopkins Medicine convert to Epic this year, a battalion of Epic super-users is available to answer questions about Epic, tackle problems and serve as a liaison between employees and project leaders.
As more than 600 ambulatory care settings across Johns Hopkins Medicine convert to Epic this year, a battalion of Epic super-users is available to answer questions, tackle problems and serve as a liaison between employees and project leaders.