Monday, December 04, 2017
BJC | The old expression “You can’t see the forest for the trees” is one that often comes to mind while we’re in the middle of an enormous project and are focused on all the details and pieces that need to fall into place.
Across BJC HealthCare, teams of people have been working tirelessly for the past few years to prepare for our installation of Epic, our new electronic health record system, which will help us take even better care of our patients. As we’ve shared previously, BJC Medical Group and Boone Hospital Center went live with Epic earlier this year.
On Dec. 2, our first “pod” of hospitals — Alton Memorial Hospital, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Christian Hospital and Progress West Hospital — went live. This was our biggest go-live yet, and will be followed by pod 2 in early February when Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and Parkland Health Center come online.
While all of our hospitals are focused on learning the new system, working through the new processes, and managing all the details that come along with a new electronic health record system, it’s important to keep in mind why we are making this change … our forest.
Epic is about doing what’s best for our patients and their families. Epic enables us to better focus on safety, clinical outcomes and our commitment to quality. The new design workflows were created in a patient-centered manner that emphasized a consistent way to optimize care coordination and continuity of care, no matter where we care for our patients. It will help us eliminate non-value-added care variation so that our patients can expect the best we have to offer, no matter where they receive care from us.
Epic is also about supporting our clinicians in doing what’s best for our patients. The system was built to optimize the clinician experience, as the Epic team engaged practicing providers and frontline clinicians throughout the process to ensure operational success.
We are already seeing and hearing many success stories from BJC Medical Group and Boone Hospital Center as a result of their use of Epic. While nothing is perfect, and any major system implementation of this size will always have small bumps in the road, please know that all of this hard work will ultimately help us all do what we do best even better … provide extraordinary care for our patients in the most efficient and safest way possible.
Email me at RichL@bjc.org and follow me on Twitter @bjc_president.
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