After a 12-month process in 2014 that included surveys, demonstrations and site visits, BJC HealthCare and the Washington University Faculty Practice Plan selected Epic as the single, integrated electronic medical record system for BJC hospitals, Washington University Physicians and BJC Medical Group.
For the first time, the process brought together clinicians, administrators and staff from all of the entities to work toward choosing one electronic medical record. More than 500 individuals participated, with many more detailing their needs and preferences through a survey.
“Our thorough selection process entailed product demonstrations, reaching out to colleagues and participating in clinical site visits,” says Cherodeep Goswami, project lead. “Our goal was to identify the functionality, research support capabilities and other attributes to meet our needs to provide high-quality care to our patients.”
Based on the criteria, the final selection was Epic, an integrated electronic health record system that incorporates clinical documentation from all areas of patient care into a single database. The integrated database will provide BJC and Washington University School of Medicine the opportunity to streamline the number of computer systems required to document care.
“For our clinicians, functionality was the dominant issue, and we are pleased to have identified a solution with the ability to support our physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other providers in the critical work of taking care of patients,” says Clay Dunagan, MD, BJC senior vice president and chief clinical officer, and professor of medicine, Washington University School of Medicine. “The assessment team should be commended for the diligence and thoroughness that was demonstrated throughout the lengthy selection process.”
Goswami adds that moving to one core system will result in greater ease of use, better accuracy and timeliness, and the increased satisfaction of patients and clinicians, as patient information will be shared more easily, quickly and safely.