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The goal behind Johns Hopkins Medicine’s transition to Epic is to create a comprehensive, consolidated record for every patient, viewable by as many members of that patient’s care team as possible. This includes options for physicians not employed by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians or who work directly for a Johns Hopkins care facility.
Communication and collaboration with our community-based and referring physicians is paramount to ensuring the best possible care. By giving providers, both inside and outside Hopkins, a complete view of a patient's record, the entire care team can make better and more coordinated decisions that ultimately lead to the best possible outcomes.
At the same time, there are complex issues to consider regarding access, licensure and privacy. These decisions are being guided by workgroups examining several options, including viewership and access levels. These decisions may include the following kinds of options:
- Full rights access (read and write) for specific patients, for physicians with privileges at a Johns Hopkins facility
- Read-only access to the entire system for community-based physicians who refer a patient into a Johns Hopkins hospital or care facility
- Offer to provide a practice-based Epic product–which would provide some access into our Epic system for their patients- to community-based physicians who refer but who are not directly affiliated with Johns Hopkins