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Employees invited to see demo of integrated medical record

By Megan Fink
MUSC Epic Program

The Epic team performed the first round of integrated testing the week of Oct. 7 to ensure all pieces of the electronic health record work properly together. Photo provided

Moving toward an integrated electronic health record system not only satisfies government mandates, but it improves patient outcomes.

A new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has even linked IT products that offer clinical workflow support and coordination to better results in care. MUSC’s integrated EHR system, Epic, is our link to improved health care outcomes by creating a single patient platform on which everyone on the care team can document.

During the week of Nov. 4, employees will have the chance to see what our integrated record will look like – scheduling, clinical care including the Clinical Practice Model content and billing. On Nov. 4 – 6, the MUSC Epic project team will demo the system by highlighting “a day in the life of a patient.”

Attendees will understand how one patient moves through the EHR system when transported around the hospital. The focus is on the continuum of care throughout the patient’s record — one flowsheet, one care plan, and one problem list for all disciplines. Staff will see the patient safety features of Epic, such as medications and allergy warnings originating from various areas and patient banner information.

“The ‘Day in the Life’ walkthrough is an opportunity for end users to get a birds-eye view of what an integrated medical record really means,” said Kay Burke, MUSC Epic Inpatient Clinical Systems manager. “The concept of ‘one record—one patient’ can be vague, particularly since clinicians have been accustomed to fragmented systems for so long. The inpatient clinical applications and revenue cycle applications have been working alongside staff to build this integrated end product, and we’re excited to showcase our combined efforts.”

Clinicians will walk away with a clearer idea of how our integrated EHR looks and functions, how Epic touches their respective areas, as well as get a glimpse of some of the numerous patient-safety features built into the product. The same demo will be offered at:

  • Nov. 4: 7 to 8 a.m., Room 402, Basic Science Building; 1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., Room 1119, Ashley River Tower
  • Nov. 5: 7 to 8 a.m., Room 402, BSB; 1 to 2 p.m., Room 100, BSB; 5 to 6 p.m., Room 402, BSB
  • Nov. 6: 7 to 8 a.m., Room 402, BSB; 1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., Room 1119, ART.

October 24, 2013

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