The Urgency of Interoperability

The word “interoperability” means different things to different people. By definition in the IT world it is the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information. While most healthcare providers want and understand the importance of EHR interoperability, most also say (according to this 2017 survey) that current interoperability solutions […]

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Guiding Principles Offer Direction, Add Clarity for Large HIT Projects

The adage ‘preparation makes perfect’, may not be 100% accurate in healthcare information technology (‘HIT’) implementations.  However, there is significant truth to ‘preparation makes better’.  The evidence of thousands of HIT implementations shows that those who effectively organize prior to kicking off a large HIT project have demonstrable improvement in the project success. The preparation […]

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How Many Epic Trainers Will You Need For Your Implementation?

Resource planning for an Epic implementation is a tremendous undertaking and estimating the “right” number of Epic trainers required for organizational success is a common challenge. Epic Systems guides all of its customers on resource planning and their tools for gauging customer training needs are simple to use and provide a good baseline number as […]

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Improve Epic Implementation Change Management Through ITSM and Collaboration

Change management is a critical—and often misunderstood—component of most Epic implementations, and indeed, most software projects. If you’re an Epic Build Analyst, you may not think about change management much, except when it seems like an annoyance. But understanding and working effectively with the change management team is a huge part of being an Epic […]

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Involve Providers Early and Often for EHR Implementation Success

While there are many “pieces of the puzzle” to a successful EMR implementation, in my experience as a consultant to several large-scale Epic projects, getting your Providers on board is most essential. This includes Physicians as well as the ever more utilized Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Incorporating the healthcare providers is one of the […]

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EHR Optimization, Population Health Top Priorities for Health IT Spending

Electronic Health Record (EHR) optimization and population health are high on the spending wish lists of Healthcare Information Technology executives, according to two new industry reports. Electronic Health Records have been implemented in over 95 percent of hospitals, according to the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT. But analysis from KPMG finds healthcare […]

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What is Epic OpTime?

Epic OpTime is Epic Systems’ operating room management system combining clinical and decision support tools with integrated scheduling for the management of hospital operating rooms and ambulatory surgical centers. OpTime is the top ranked surgery management solution in the 2015-16 Best in KLAS report from KLAS Enterprises. According to Epic’s product catalog, OpTime gives users […]

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10 Predictions for Healthcare IT in 2016

  Cognitive computing and virtual care are among the big IT trends that will transform healthcare delivery in the next 12-36 months, say industry analysts at IDC, a leading IT advisory firm. The group is forecasting increased adoption of new technologies to improve diagnoses, reduce cost and mortality and personalize the patient experience. IDC Research […]

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Healthcare IT News: 2015 EHR Satisfaction Survey [Infographic]

In its 2015 EHR Satisfaction Survey, Healthcare IT News polled IT management, physicians and clinician end-users who are actively involved with their EHRs, who work in hospital, health system and ambulatory settings, to find out how well their EHRs really work. Healthcare IT News wanted to find the answers to these questions and more: How interoperable is the […]

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Epic Tops List for Community Hospitals Considering EMR Change

For community hospitals looking to upgrade or migrate to new EMR solutions, Epic Systems tops the list in mind share, says the Community Hospital Quick EHR Report 2015 from Peer60. And, according to the report, nearly 20% of community hospitals are actively looking to change their EHR vendor. While Epic leads mind share at 43%, […]

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