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Epic Navigation Made Faster and Better

Epic Navigation Made Faster and Better

“I tell everyone: ‘Give Widescreen half a day. One clinic session and you’ll be convinced. It’s like a new vegetable. At first you may not like it, but you gotta try it to know,’” says internist Danny Lee, chief medical information officer for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.

 
Christina DuVernay

Date: 08/29/2017

What’s Widescreen in Epic? And why start using it?

“It’s just better all around,” says internist Danny Lee, chief medical information officer for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP). “The navigation is more intuitive, and you have the ability to write the progress note while looking at the medication and problem lists at the same time.” 

He’s been relentless in promoting the benefits of the navigation option in Epic, including in the series of Epic training webinars he developed for his JHCP colleagues.

“I tell everyone: ‘Give Widescreen half a day. One clinic session and you’ll be convinced. It’s like a new vegetable. At first you may not like it, but you gotta try it to know,’” he says.

Compared with the standard view in Epic, which was developed when smaller monitors were the norm, Widescreen makes use of horizontal space and allows multiple sections of the patient’s record to be open in side-by-side windows, making for better, more efficient multitasking and documenting.

Lee’s evangelism has paid off. In less than nine months, the percentage of JHCP physicians using Widescreen in Epic jumped from under 5 percent to more than 75 percent.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Peter Greene, who is chief medical information officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine, says he hopes to see similar adoption rates across the health system. Providers are encouraged to adopt Widescreen sooner rather than later because new features are being rolled out only in Widescreen now, he says.Providers are encouraged to adopt Widescreen sooner rather than later because new features are being rolled out only in Widescreen now, he says.

“Eventually, we think Epic will stop supporting standard navigation,” adds Epic project lead Ming Lu, who has been part of the team building out Widescreen for all the specialties and subspecialties in advance of the Sept. 10 Epic upgrade, which will add features and change the look of templates.