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Dome - An Epic Debut

Dome June/July 2013
Issue No. 646

An Epic Debut

Date: July 5, 2013

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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.  


To recap: 

  • The new system is live throughout all Johns Hopkins Community Physicians sites, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center ambulatory settings and selected school of medicine practices. 
  • On June 1, Epic launched in ambulatory and inpatient settings at Howard County General Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital.
  • As of June 27, Epic was up and running in ambulatory settings at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and school of medicine practices at Howard County General Hospital, bringing more than 1,000 physicians, fellows and residents, 338 nurses and 493 support staff into the record system.
  • Remaining pediatric ambulatory practices, including the Rubenstein Child Health Building, Good Samaritan clinics and Upper Chesapeake, are slated to roll out on August 15. 


It took gung-ho spirit and teamwork to launch Epic, say caregivers, administrators and managers throughout the health system. Clinical nutrition manager Melanie Brooks credits staff enthusiasm and the expertise of super-users with advanced Epic training for her department’s successful rollout at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. “The dietitians asked a lot of questions prior to go-live and were very interested in learning how the new system would work,” Brooks says. 

At Howard County General Hospital, Sharon Rossi oversaw simultaneous Epic rollouts in the ambulatory surgery center and in the hospital’s main perioperative areas. Staff dedication, physician collaboration and “wonderful super-user support” made it happen, says Rossi, senior director for perioperative services at the hospital.

 Rossi’s teams have already seen improvements in continuity of care. It’s no longer necessary, for example, to print out perioperative case records to understand what occurred in the patient’s perioperative phase of care, she says. “Whether you’re a nurse in the ED, on the floor, the OR, or on the PACU, you can go into Epic and see the whole continuum of the patient’s care.”

—Stephanie Shapiro