An Epic Year for Epic Solution

by Troy Burrus and Chero Goswami, Epic Program co-leaders

January 11, 2016 - As we head into 2016, we can’t help but think about what a remarkable year it has been for the Epic program. It was only a year ago, in December 2014, that we selected Epic as our core clinical solution. Over the past 12 months, we have put together a team of more than 200 staff, held 15 days of design sessions that included 1,254 stakeholders and made 1,076 decisions as part of our design phase. These are the stepping stones that will eventually build a best-in-class, enterprise-wide solution that will be shared across both BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine. 

With Epic, we have the opportunity to enhance the overall experience of our patients, clinicians and support staff, striving to improve quality, productivity and efficiency. Our future solution will allow for better integration and sharing of information among clinicians and across locations. We will have a more comprehensive view of a patient’s health history before an encounter even begins. With the automated flow of information through the Epic modules, we will have the relevant and real-time data needed to make informed decisions throughout a patient’s visit. Patients’ online access to their medical history will help build a partnership between physicians and patients as they coordinate high-quality treatments during and outside of their visits. Finally, we will reduce the number of clinical applications needed to care for patients to a level seemingly idealistic just years ago.

One patient. One record. One seamless experience.

This vision is coming closer to fruition, thanks to the work and engagement of our subject matter experts, operations groups, Epic program team members, BJC and WUSM leadership, and all of you. 

We have created a new section on BJCnet (under For Employees) to help keep interested leadership and staff informed and up to date on our ongoing progress. Currently, you can review our leadership briefings and “State of the Program,” summarizing the positive results of this noteworthy collaboration, and can look for more developments in the year ahead.

 It is often said, “Well begun is half done!” This first year of engagement and commitment has helped us build a foundation that will allow us to head into 2016 with optimism and confidence by leveraging the momentum and success of 2015.

With internal support and input, the Epic program will continue to advance.

We thank you for an exceptional year and look forward to the road ahead when data entered into diverse systems such as NextGen, Kiddos, Compass, McKesson, TouchWorks and clinical department programs will converge for an Epic solution to improve workflow for our staff and, most importantly, create a more seamless experience for our patients.