The Epic team is busy with finishing up Epic code build, continuing with clinical content build, and testing the system from front to back. The project governance groups continue to make important decisions that will guide how we build and use the system. Here are a few recent examples:

 

  • Surgical order set decisions
    • Each specialty will get at least one generic pre-op order set with some order sets for specific frequent procedures. Preop order sets will not contain postop orders or prescriptions. These will be in the postop order sets. Preop order sets may contain follow-up orders if they are known at the time of scheduling
    • Each specialty will get at least one generic day surgery order set with some order sets for specific frequent procedures. These will contain discharge information and orders including prescriptions
    • For patients who are admitted, the postop order sets will not contain discharge orders
    • For discharge, each specialty will get one discharge order set with basic orders (diet, activity, discharge) and order panels will be nested within that order set containing condition or surgery-specific orders, and some prescriptions
    • We continue to work with our surgical subject matter experts to make the design complete, user friendly, efficient, and safe
  • Mobile device strategy – though decisions are not yet finalized, our May 30 strategy will likely have the following key aspects
    • There will be no workflows that require the use of mobile tools. This will be voluntary.
    • Providers will be able to use Epic’s mobile tools on their own mobile devices and this will follow our Mobile Device Management policies, including those for data security
    • Some hospital-employed clinicians will be provided devices based on their role and these devices will be “checked out” during their shift and returned to a central location at the end of the shift
    • Look for more specific decisions soon
  • Training
    • Our training team is hard at work finalizing the training schedule for over 10,000 people. Remember, training is required for anyone who will use Epic
    • We have signed up nearly 50% of providers for classroom training
    • We have filled nearly 80% of our needed super user support roles
  • Epic “add-ons”
    • We’ve kicked off the projects for our mobile voice recognition and patient-friendly medication list applications
    • We will have a global voice recognition strategy, allowing all providers to use either a tethered microphone or a smartphone-enabled application to use voice recognition
    • We’re working on the design of the patient-friendly medication list within the After Visit Summary

As always, look on the Epic Journey web page on CHILD for ongoing information.