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6 Benefits of Optimizing Your Epic EHR System

Posted by Ron Stephenson

Apr 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM



6-benefits-of-optimizing-your-epic-ehr-system.jpgMost healthcare organizations that utilize the Epic EHR system experience benefits such as increased productivity and efficiency, enhanced reporting and data analytics, and most importantly, improved patient care. However, some facilities fail to fully optimize their system after implementation, preventing them from taking advantage of all of its features.

In the post-go-live phase, once your organization is beyond the initial learning curve, it’s essential to revisit and optimize Epic system functionality. We’ve outlined 6 of the key benefits this effort offers:

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Topics: Epic Reporting

Why Hospitals Choose Epic Over Other EHR Systems

Posted by Jean-Luc Coquerel

Apr 8, 2016 2:30:00 PM



why-hospitals-choose-epic-over-other-ehr-systems.jpgAlthough there are a variety of robust EHR systems, few enjoy the staying power and accolades of Epic. As an industry leader, Epic recently secured the top spot for the sixth straight year for Overall Software Suite in the Best In KLAS: Software & Services report. The company was also named best Overall Physician Practice Vendor; received Best In KLAS awards in seven segments; and regularly tops the list of EHR systems in similar surveys.

Although there are numerous reasons why healthcare organizations choose Epic over other EHR systems, we’ve highlighted 5 of the most common ones below:  

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Topics: Epic Reporting

Questions to Ask Your Epic Certified Consultant Before an Implementation

Posted by Ron Stephenson

Apr 6, 2016 11:30:00 AM



Implementing a new EHR system can be a huge undertaking, but it can be less stressful with detailed pre-planning, strategizing, and collaborating on best practices.

For those implementing the Epic system, concerns can often be addressed by speaking with an Epic certified consultant who has completed in-depth, product specific training. These consultants are equipped to guide all aspects of an Epic implementation, and know the appropriate milestones for each of the phases of the process.

When implementing the Epic system, there are a myriad of questions healthcare organizations can ask their consultant for a better understanding of the overall process, the expected challenges, and how a consultant adds value.

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Topics: Epic Reporting

How to Manage Epic Reports Requests

Posted by Jean-Luc Coquerel

Mar 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM



Most healthcare organizations face the challenge of managing and analyzing an increasing amount of data. A large number of report requests, coupled with regulatory requirements, often results in a backlog of work for the reporting team to organize.

To address these issues, a well-defined and effective Epic reports requests management solution is needed to provide efficient administration, and ensure the organization has the information necessary to achieve their clinical, operational, and financial goals.

The important steps to consider when developing and managing a reports requests queue include:

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Topics: Epic Report Requests Management, Epic Reporting

How Reporting Team Structure Affects Your Healthcare Organization

Posted by Ron Stephenson

Mar 28, 2016 11:33:00 AM



Organizations must properly manage and align their reporting team resources to achieve their overall operational goals. Though the size of an organization and its specific needs can influence the best team structure to implement, it is imperative to formally address how the reporting team best fits into the organizational structure. Without this structure in place, healthcare facilities lack the foundation to support the effective management and delivery of information.

As we mentioned in a previous blog, the two most common team structure models that organizations can deploy to achieve their Epic reporting and analytics goals are the Centrally Managed Team and Allocated Report Writers’ Team.

In a Centrally Managed model, the team leader centrally manages the Clarity Report Writers and Reporting Workbench Administrator. The team is generally co-located and works closely with the application leads from each team.

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Topics: Epic Reporting

What Value Does an Epic Certified Consultant Bring?

Posted by Jean-Luc Coquerel

Mar 24, 2016 11:30:00 AM



In a 2015 survey by Healthcare IT News, of healthcare professionals whose organizations utilize an EHR system, Epic was ranked at the top of the list of vendors in all categories: overall satisfaction, interoperability, features/design, and support. Based on its reliability, integration ability, and proven results, Epic has enjoyed sustainability and dominance in the EHR market for years, at healthcare facilities across the United States.

Another reason for Epic’s success is its strict guidelines for consultants. Epic offers its own product specific training for each of its modules, and consultants can only be certified at the company's campus in Verona, Wisconsin. 

The value of utilizing the skills of an Epic certified consultant, over a resource without such training, is significant. In addition to having demonstrated knowledge with the latest products from Epic, certified consultants have experience in all phases of an Epic implementation, and understand best practice methodologies specific to Epic.

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Topics: Epic Reporting, Epic Clarity Consultant

How Epic Reporting Can Facilitate Better Data Governance

Posted by Jean-Luc Coquerel

Feb 22, 2016 12:30:00 PM



Healthcare organizations are under constant pressure to manage, analyze and exploit an ever increasing volume of operational, clinical, and patient data. Turning raw information into actionable intelligence can seem more challenging than ever.

To address this challenge, healthcare facilities are leveraging reporting and data analytics solutions to achieve both their data governance objectives and meet their information needs.

Below, we highlight 4 key ways that Epic reporting solutions can facilitate excellence in data governance:

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Topics: Epic Reporting, Healthcare Data Governance

Why Epic Report Testing is Important Before Go-Live

Posted by Ron Stephenson

Feb 10, 2016 12:30:00 PM



During an Epic implementation, a key milestone for the reporting team is to conduct thorough report testing. This testing occurs prior to go-live and in several phases. Reports are tested individually during development, to ensure they meet the stated requirements. The overall reporting process can also be assessed during load-testing, integrated testing, or during a dress rehearsal for go-live. Below, we highlight 6 reasons why testing in advance of go-live is imperative:

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Topics: Epic Reporting

How Can I Optimize Epic Reporting For Better Analytics?

Posted by Jean-Luc Coquerel

Feb 9, 2016 12:30:00 PM



It is not uncommon, shortly after go-live, for healthcare organizations to experience an Epic reporting backlog. While there are many factors that contribute to this scenario, one of the most significant is the proliferation of requests for new, highly individualized reports.

The development of  such reports is time consuming and highly resource intensive for report writers, but also can be less insightful, not providing “big picture” intelligence, for executive decision-makers. Consequently, it can hinder making timely, informed decisions that would support improvements in efficiency, quality and patient care.

Fortunately, there is a proven strategy for minimizing this scenario, and optimizing Epic reporting for better analytics -- building a data warehouse. Below, we highlight the 5 key benefits of this solution:

1. Efficiency 

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Topics: Epic Reporting

Next Steps After An Epic Reporting Implementation

Posted by Jean-Luc Coquerel

Jan 29, 2016 12:30:00 PM



While there are many healthcare facilities that have experienced a relatively successful and efficient Epic reporting implementation, there are other organizations that have encountered obstacles or challenges.  

One such facility is Portland, Oregon’s Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD), which serves 45,000 patients and averages 170,000 visits annually. MCHD’s Epic implementation experience was profiled as a case study by the Federally run website Healthit.gov.

From their experience, MCHD urges other healthcare organizations to approach an EHR implementation as an aspect of a larger process -- one that must embrace and improve quality across three areas: the EHR itself, clinical operations, and reporting.

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Topics: Epic Reporting

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