Why Physician Champions are Critical for Successful Epic Go-Lives

The worlds of technology and medicine probably couldn’t seem further apart, but with the advancements in patient care and population health management via healthcare IT, that gap is closing. What isn’t quickly closing, however, is the understanding of what it takes to implement healthcare IT and what it takes to use that technology to care for patients. Developers rarely speak clinical, and physicians rarely speak tech. This is a disparity that simply cannot be overlooked, lest your Epic...

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3 Ways to Optimize Epic Training

Given the breadth and depth of information required to successfully train clinical staff on an EHR, it’s important to embrace opportunities to make training as effective as possible. There are many adult learning best practices that apply to EHR training, but today we’re going to focus on a few that will provide tons of value and are easy to implement. These three tips for optimizing Epic training will support a strong go-live and encourage participation from the busy clinicians and ancillary...

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How to Prepare for Epic Optimization and Upgrades

Getting an Epic instance up and running is an exciting milestone for any health system, but it’s generally not too long before talk of optimization or an upgrade begins. Given the robust nature of Epic as an EHR, it’s not surprising that hospitals would want to take advantage of all that the healthcare IT solution has to offer by updating and streamlining workflows and integrations. Knowing how to prepare for Epic optimization goes a long way in bracing for some additional change, but also...

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3 Aspects of Epic Interfaces Worth Outsourcing

Making the most of an investment like an EHR for a large health system has a lot to do with the ability to scale the technology and leverage capabilities for connectivity. After all, modern healthcare doesn’t allow any of us to operate in a bubble, and a hospital or health organization’s ability to share and gather data has everything to do with their ability to grow and thrive. EHR interfaces are the key to unlocking the power of comprehensive care records and real-time clinical information....

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3 Reasons You Need Professional Healthcare IT Testing for Interoperability

We’ve worked with many healthcare clients over the years, and while there is no shortage of impressive and innovative solutions out there to support patient care, there are limitations to how successful those implementations will be without proper support. Delivering interoperability for hospitals and health systems is not exactly a simple task, but when the project team is stacked with the right resources, the dream of comprehensive care records and improved population health comes much closer...

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The Importance of Progress Metrics for Epic Go-Live Support

Rolling out a new instance of Epic is a big deal. It takes a lot of resources and time to implement EHRs into large health systems, so it’s vital that the proper steps are taken to encourage utilization and support long-term adoption. Best laid plans won’t do much good, however, without real data to measure progress. Today we’re going to share the importance of both establishing and measuring progress metrics for Epic go-live. It’s not about ensuring everyone earns an “A+” on their report card,...

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3 Advantages of EHR Digital Learning for Large Health Systems

When it comes to training for EHR implementations at large health systems, the logistics involved with rolling out new technology (or even updates) is enough to push even detail-oriented folks over the edge. Securing physical space, attendance and qualified trainers to ensure all clinical and administrative staff are appropriately trained to support new healthcare IT is a lot of work. Consider, then, the incredible benefits of employing digital learning to support EHR implementation. Not only...

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How COVID-19 will Change the Face of Digital Learning for Healthcare IT

It’s hard to imagine looking for the bright side of COVID-19 as we continue to adjust our lifestyles to reduce the spread of this virus. However, it’s worth considering how the unique variables of this unprecedented time may impact our future in unexpected ways. The embracing of virtual communication in light of social distancing and stay at home orders has brought unexpected demographics “online,” often for the first time ever. Elderly couples have learned the ins-and-outs of Zoom to stay in...

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The Benefits of Healthcare IT Staff Augmentation for Acute Needs

Despite the influx of federal funding in response to COVID-19, it’s a mild understatement to say that the state of employment and life in general is uncertain and disrupted. Speculation abounds around what life will be like when normalcy resumes: Will telehealth and telecommuting continue? How long will we wear masks and clear the shelves of sanitizer? When will we really be on the downslope of the illustrious curve we’re all trying to flatten? So much is yet to be seen, but one clear solution...

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The Importance of Patient Data Archival in the Era of COVID-19

Currently, we are experiencing the important need to fight and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Appropriate testing and collection of the right clinical and other information is vital for the treatment and spread of the virus. Conducting the right tests on infected individuals will help in shaping the treatment for the patient, enabling the isolation of those infected and drastically help in the identification and allocation of the right medical professionals.

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