The Current Clinical Software With Epic

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In the Boston marketplace, most hospitals are replacing their current clinical software with Epic. Epic is a fully integrated system that incorporates all aspects of patient care from clinical information, registration, all the way to patient scheduling and billing. While other systems may offer some of these functions, they are typically the products of individual modules, developed by private companies and brought together for daily practice. For this reason, these systems are rarely compatible and fail to provide standardized platform for clinicians and healthcare providers (CareConnect, n.d.) I work as a CT technologist in two different hospitals, one of which has not yet embraced the change and adopted the conversion. In a blog…show more content…
5. It creates a standardized patient care and increases safety.
6. It Improves efficiency and saves time (Yale School of Medicine, 2014).
7. It reduces costs of IT management.
Section 1: Establishing a Sense of Urgency
The current self-developed software provides Dr. Halamka’s hospital with all clinical information needed within the hospital and its affiliates at a low cost. But, will this system be valid five years from now in the rise of EHR adoption and implementation? Can the current system be integrated with the rest of the market to provide streamlined care? And what happens if his information got trapped? Additionally, there are many insufficiencies in the current information system in use. The use of paper-based charts limits portability of records and the ability of different clinicians at different sites to communicate about the care of their patient. In most cases, they count of what the patient tells them or wait a long time for a copy of diagnosis and treatments notes. With Epic, the problem of inaccurate or late progress notes will no longer be an issue. In addition to the delay in patient care, the current system depends on manual charge entry resulting in less accurate billing and lost charges. Epic might have a high upfront cost for hospital, but the return on the investment can be fast regained through savings in patient care and more accurate billing. Benefits for large hospitals can range from $37M to $59M over a five-year period in
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