There are many different electronic health record systems that are used in the health care systems throughout the United States. Epic is the system that I have encountered most often. Although I use Epic on a daily basis, I thought it would be beneficial to research the company and identify features to the product I may not have used yet.
Epic was founded in 1979. The headquarters are located in Wisconsin. Epic is both employee and privately owned. Epic has a “one patient, one record” approach to improving care received in different facilities.
Epic has many different functions for different services. The EpicCare Inpatient Clinical System is used thorough out hospital departments. For example, if a physical therapist visited with the patient and made recommendations based on their assessment, the doctor and nurse will see the electronic record of the physical therapist’s visit. There is no need for the physical therapist to make any phone calls or seek out the nurse to identify his or her recommendations. The record will state the information that needs to be conveyed.
When a specialist is needed for the patient, the Epic system will streamline the documentation via use of protocols, templates and easy to use interface. It will be easy for the primary care physician to navigate through the record to identify the specialist’s recommendations.
The MAR is a place for nurses to document the medications that were given to the patient during the stay. They are able to enter the type of drug, the route given and the time administered. There are alerts in place to warn the user of any potential negative drug reactions. This reduces the amount of medication errors and possible lawsuits
During a patients stay, many orders are made. Between lab, radiology and therapy orders, there is potential for duplicate orders. The use of Epic reduces the chance of duplicates. Having the lab trends and past radiology results can help to cut down on...