The Importance of Collaboration for Epic Implementations

It’s challenging enough to implement Epic for a single facility. Consider, then, the importance of collaboration when implementing Epic across multiple facilities and practices. Sure, the end game is a unified solution that allows for these providers to coordinate care more effectively and communicate efficiently. But in the development process of the integrated EHR system, it’s critical to consider the needs of the whole -- meaning every clinical end user and department who will be using the...

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What is the Role of a Project Manager in EHR Implementation?

Implementing an EHR like Epic for a large health system is a hefty task, and there are many specialized players involved to make it happen. One of the key roles is the Project Manager. Depending on the size of the team, PMs can wear many hats in the course of supporting the EHR project team. But there are a few key tasks that are the responsibility of the PM in order to execute well and on time. We’ll look at a few specific responsibilities that shape the role of the Project Manager in EHR...

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What Happens During an EHR Digital Learning Class?

If you’ve never participated in a digital learning class, it can be difficult to imagine what it’s like. We’re all pretty accustomed to the traditional classroom setting and approach, but given that scalability and cost containment (not to mention, the Coronavirus pandemic) are pressing needs for large health systems, more clients are wisely opting for EHR digital learning to deliver Epic training. One of the beautiful aspects of digital learning is that technology can be leveraged to provide a...

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What is Staff Augmentation in Healthcare IT?

We have undoubtedly entered a new era in work styles and employment opportunities. From the “Gig Economy” to the COVID-19 pandemic, to the prevalence of work-from-home/remote positions, the days of working for a single employer, in an office, for the majority of one’s career are behind us...for better or worse. Careers in healthcare IT are not immune, and in fact, more and more experts in technology solutions for hospitals are embracing the changing tides and opting for consultative work and...

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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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