Epic reporting has the potential to deliver valuable intelligence to clinicians, executives, managers, and business leaders. Considering that healthcare facilities are being challenged to meet ever-increasing benchmarks for operational efficiency and quality patient care, “making Epic reporting work” is no longer just a top priority, but a fundamental and essential requirement.
However, as with any EHR, the benefits of Epic reporting vary depending on the analytics optimization and the training of the team. Below, we highlight 4 ways to improve the quality of your Epic reporting and analytics, so that your healthcare organization can reap the rewards necessary for sustained stability and growth:
1. Prioritize data hygiene
A common issue that healthcare facilities face soon after go-live is unreliable data. Poor data hygiene -- or “dirty” data -- can be caused by users incorrectly entering information, by errors in the data transfer process, or in erroneous reporting of data. These types of issues lead to inaccurate data and analytics. To avoid this problem, it is essential to put quality assurance checks in place to proactively ensure your organization’s data is entered, stored and managed appropriately.
2. Create and enforce reporting standards
Epic provides several reporting tools, from the more basic reports available in Reporting Workbench (RWB) to more complex tools like Clarity. With the ability to allow many different types of report writers -- with varying skillsets -- to create reports, it is important to create and enforce reporting standards. Determine which user roles will have access to run, modify or create RWB reports. Implement standards for Clarity report writers to ensure consistency in data usage, coding, file naming, etc.
3. Provide education and training
Generally, team members are not fully aware of the types of reports, analytics and data sets that are available to them. As such, it is necessary to provide initial and on-going education and training to provide this information. A beneficial by-product is that informed team members can leverage their analytics knowledge-base to enhance reporting requirements.
4. Leverage outside expertise
Most healthcare facilities do not have the complement of resources and expertise needed to focus on implementing all of the above. By partnering with an Epic certified consultant, you can leverage their knowledge and experience to make your organization’s implementation, configuration, and utilization successful.
To learn more about improving the quality of your Epic reporting analytics – while ensuring that you fully realize all features of your EMR – contact Syntrix today.
Your consultation with us is free, and our Epic certified consultants have vast experience in supporting healthcare facilities across the country in every phase of deployment.