How Flexibility in Data Standards can Support Interoperability in Healthcare

If there’s one thing that becomes quickly apparent when working in healthcare IT, it’s that the concept of “data standards” are all over the place. Sure, there are established formats and languages that allow for meaningful communication between EHRs, devices, organizations, etc. But when it comes to real life integration and pursuing true healthcare interoperability, a health system’s ability to deal with, and even ingest various data standards (however textbook or not they may be), makes all...

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The Importance of Logistics for Epic Go-Live Support

It’s no surprise that the roster for any given Epic implementation team is largely project and technical savvy resources. While these critical team members are no doubt experts in their respective areas -- be it EHR integrations and APIs, project management, or QA -- there is a little discussed element of successful Epic go-live that simply can’t be ignored: logistics. When details matter (and they do), it’s vital that the right skillsets are tapped to ensure that roll-out happens smoothly,...

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Planning for Smooth Epic Upgrades and Optimization

Congrats, you’ve successfully deployed your Epic instance and are humming along! There’s no lingering legacy EHR system, physicians and support staff are using the tool as expected, and the implementation team has disbanded. Three cheers for a fantastic Epic EHR Implementation! ...But wait. There’s an Epic upgrade that needs implementing. While this isn’t starting from square one, it is nevertheless a unique beast to tackle. Whereas integrating Epic for the first time in a health system may be...

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Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we have compiled our top 5 most popular blog posts of 2019, in one place. We hope that you enjoyed our posts from 2019, and we look forward to sharing more content with you in 2020. Thank you for reading the 314e Healthcare IT Blog!

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The Value of Automated Testing in Healthcare IT

If there was one aspect to healthcare IT integration and implementations that insiders would likely point to as not getting nearly enough respect, it’s testing. From functional testing to end-to-end validation, proper testing of healthcare solutions can make or break any given deliverable (sometimes quite literally). After all, the use case of an application for hospitals or health systems isn’t just moving data from point A to point B -- or rather, provider A to provider B -- but to ensure...

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EHR Interfaces: Pursuing More than Data for Data’s Sake

The challenges associated with connecting multiple, disparate EHR systems -- be it ancillary provider or private clinic to hospital or health system, or any combo therein -- are not to be taken lightly. Every data point in healthcare IT represents a potential decision-point that, in error or omission, has significant implications for patient outcomes. The driving force behind EHR integration efforts is often consolidating patient records to get a more comprehensive view, but amassing data alone...

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Developing Engaging Content for EHR Training Materials

We’ve previously shared some tips for delivering the best Epic training in the healthcare IT space, but as the devil is in the details, we’re going to focus in on EHR training materials. There are many “out of the box” tools available on this front, usually from the EHR vendors themselves, but when it comes to encouraging adoption for Epic implementation (or any other EHR), it’s a wise move to up the ante and develop custom training materials. The idea isn’t to recycle existing content; on the...

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3 Ways to Gain Buy-In from Ancillary Providers for Epic Integration

Health systems embarking on Epic integration projects are rarely doing so to exist in a bubble. The goal we often hear from clients is establishing the right healthcare IT solution to support collaborative care, making population health attainable and more efficient. As the days of fee-for-service are behind us, large hospitals must approach their care delivery philosophy as encompassing a whole network of care providers, many of whom may reside outside their network. To this end, getting the...

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The Importance of Communicating Value for Successful Epic Implementations

To successfully implement Epic into hospitals and health systems, there are thousands of hours of work involved. Given the scale and level of commitment required to make Epic go-live successful and EHR adoption a reality, missing a step could result in the entire timeline and project plan sliding completely off track. Take it from us: one of the most critical steps in this process is communication. In particular, communicating VALUE and EXPECTATION to Epic end users is the difference between a...

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Setting the Stage for a Smooth Epic Implementation Starts with the PM

Project Managers are often saddled with much of the responsibility when it comes to the success or struggles of healthcare IT implementation. While it can be a tough burden to bear, it’s nevertheless fair given the important role that PMs play in implementing software like Epic EHR for hospitals. As the resource who sets the cadence, communication rhythms, timelines and overall team dynamic, Epic Project Managers are responsible for creating a clear runway for the rest of the implementation...

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