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BestPractice: Scheduling Innovation Earns Kudos from Epic - June 2016
The Epic team customized a workflow to make it possible for patients to schedule screening mammograms directly via MyChart.

Inside Hopkins: Johns Hopkins Hospital Radiology Prepares for the Epic Rollout - May 12, 2016
With less than two months until the Epic electronic medical record system rolls out for inpatients at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, nearly 10,000 employees are feverishly preparing for the go-live, including the hospital’s Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

BestPractice: Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate the Final Epic Rollout - March 2016
John Hopkins Medicine’s vision of “one patient, one record” will soon be a reality.

Dome: Building the Scaffolding for Epic Go-Live - December 2015
Read how the collaboration of key project leads created a sturdy system that serves as the scaffolding for one successful launch after another. 

Dome: MyChart Gains Users - October 2015
More Johns Hopkins Medicine patients than ever are activating their MyChart portals to see test results and to communicate with providers.

Dome: 'Care Everywhere' Gives Clinicians More Information About Patients - September 2015
This Epic function simplifies record sharing across thousands of hospitals and clinics. 

Dome: Reaching Out to Families in Need - July/August 2015
Epic helps Harriet Lane Clinic doctors reach patients whose pharmacies were destroyed by looting. 

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.

Dome: Thrive After Go-Live - December 2014

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.

Dome: Eyes on the Patient, Not the Screen - November 2014

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.

Dome: One Protocol Fits All - October 2014

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.

Dome: All in the Family - September 2014

How to enroll children in MyChart: A resource guide to the proxy access process.

Dome: Meaningful Activation - July/August 2014

MyChart participation matters, even in Johns Hopkins settings that await the launch of Epic.

Forbes: Behind Epic Systems' Alliance with Apple - June 4, 2014

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.

Dome: Engineering a Smooth Path to Epic Improvements - May 2014

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.

Dome: Training for an Epic Assignment - March 2014

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.

Dome: Patient-Centered Technology - January/February 2014

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.

Dome: Swift - and Safe - Glitch Management - December 2013

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.

Emergency Medicine in High Gear with Epic ASAP Project - November 2013

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.

Dome: What Meaningful Use Means to Johns Hopkins - November 2013

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.

Inside Hopkins: Increased Interest in Online Records – June 20, 2013

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.

Dome: Do You Have an Epic Question? – May/June 2013

 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?

Inside Hopkins: The Age of Epic – April 11, 2013

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.

Inside Hopkins: Byte by Byte, Epic Has Arrived! – April 11, 2013

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.

Dome: A Strong Support System – April 2013

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.

Inside Hopkins: "Super Users to the Rescue" – March 28, 2013

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.