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    [EHR security assessments] Your path to optimization

    Posted by June Stacey on Apr 7, 2017 12:52:05 PM

    When you started working in your current office, you probably didn’t need a key to every door in the building to do your job. You also probably didn’t need to go to the hardware store and create a custom key for every single door that you do need to enter. But for some healthcare organizations, their EHR security is similarly inefficient. With the help of Epic’s templates and a strong governance structure, you can remove a lot of the security hurdles that slow down your team. A security assessment is your first step.

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    Topics: Epic optimization, Epic security optimization, assessments

    CEO Bruce Cerullo shares a few things you might not know about Nordic

    Posted by Bruce Cerullo on Feb 7, 2017 2:11:56 PM



    Three years back, if you had asked the team what Nordic does, most would have said we’re the largest Epic consulting firm on the planet or that we have “the best depth, breadth, and quality in the industry.” Our client partners knew that if they had a talent need, we were the go-to source. 

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    Topics: revenue cycle, culture, Epic optimization, data and analytics, managed services, value-based care, mergers and acquisitions, Epic Community Connect, Epic upgrades

    5 critical steps within a successful Epic upgrade project

    Posted by Austin Hundley on Jan 25, 2017 11:02:06 AM

    You know what I love? The back-up camera on my car. Once considered a luxury you may not have even imagined, these cameras have become a standard safety feature, helping drivers (like me) avoid multitudes of injuries and harm. Moving to the latest release of Epic is a little like that, offering safety features and efficiencies you may not even realize are possible. Whether you’ve been on Epic for decades or a couple of months, you know that the latest version will allow you to be more effective and improve care.

    When approaching your first upgrade, you’ll likely have many questions, with the main one being “How can I ensure that my upgrade goes smoothly?” This post will give you an overview of upgrades, the general structure of an upgrade project, and then five critical steps that, if included in your project, will help you upgrade as smoothly as possible. Let’s dig in.

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    Topics: Epic support, Epic optimization, Epic training, Epic implementation, Epic upgrades, Epic project management

    What your health IT peers found interesting in 2016

    Posted by Nordic on Dec 30, 2016 1:02:00 PM

    The stories, blog posts, and podcasts your peers found most interesting in 2016 are representative of the way that healthcare IT has been evolving. If you missed any of these topics, look below for a brief synopis and a link to catch up on what you missed.

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    Topics: Epic optimization, EHR optimization, Phases of Care, EpicCare Link, managed services, assessments, Epic Community Connect, Epic implementation, implementation leadership

    Epic Anesthesia: 4 pillars of a successful billing strategy [white paper]

    Posted by Nordic on Jul 28, 2016 1:36:15 PM

    Timely and complete billing is a necessary element of any anesthesia practice. On paper or in an EHR, employed or contracted, most practices have faced and addressed a multitude of anesthesia billing challenges:

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    Topics: billing, Epic optimization, Anesthesia, professional billing, Epic OpTime

    A successful approach to making time for optimization

    Posted by Nordic on Jun 17, 2016 10:26:22 AM

    Is there ever a good time for optimization projects? Nordics VP of Business Lines Development Matt Schaefer sat down with Rush University Medical Center Project Manager Jayson Woods and Nordic Senior Consultants Erik Westman and Kevin Morge to talk about Rush’s recent successful physician specialty optimization project.

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    Topics: Epic optimization, EHR optimization, clinical optimization

    Why EHR assessments make sense for every healthcare organization

    Posted by Kelsey Bonney on Apr 21, 2016 1:58:43 PM

    Here's the Problem

    When you implemented Epic, you took every feature, focused on best practices and made sure that the workflows were in tune with the way your staff worked (or should work). Like everything in the tech world, however, things change fast. Whether you implemented 20 years ago or six months ago, there are bound to be best practices that have changed or features that have been improved.

    Completing your Epic upgrade or taking all relevant release notes is rarely enough because it doesn't go that one step further and analyze how or why improvements need to be made. For example, you may be thinking, “The workflow worked three years ago, so why is it broken now? This recommended new feature seems like it should help us but is causing nothing but strain.”

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    Topics: Epic optimization, assessments

    #HIMSS16 - CHIME CIOs discuss optimization, data and analytics

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM

    Yesterday we wrapped up the second of two CHIME focus groups we were privileged to facilitate during HIMSS16. In this focus group, VP of Business Line Development Matt Schaefer led a discussion entitled Optimization & Analytics: Unlocking the Full Potential of Your Epic EHR. Click the video below to hear how CIOs are approaching optimization as well as their areas of interest with data and analytics. 

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    Topics: Epic optimization, data and analytics, predictive analytics, data visualization

    #HIMSS16 - Quantifying optimization success, managing large EHR rollouts

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM

    Nordic Director of Managed Services Ian Mamminga stopped by the booth to share a few of his key takeaways from HIMSS16. First, Ian shares some takeaways on optimization as well as on how to quantify success. Then, he talks about some of the client conversations he's had around large EHR rollouts. Click the video below to watch. 

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    Topics: Epic optimization, HIMSS16, managed services, EHR rollouts

    After reading 2016 trends, let's take some action

    Posted by Nordic on Jan 15, 2016 4:57:14 PM

    Maybe you've been sifting through a some of the news and industry posts on 2016 healthcare IT trends. As you read, you might be thinking to yourself, "Hmmm, yes, I can see that <some 2016 trend> would be big in 2016." But what are you going to do about it? That's the real question. 

    Below, we also offer some of the most likely trends, but then, in addition, offer concrete actions you can take to move your healthcare organization forward. Here’s to a fantastic 2016!

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    Topics: patient engagement, Epic optimization, Epic Decision Support, care coordination, revenue integrity, EHR optimization, EpicCare Link

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    Insights to help you get the most from your Epic EHR

    Most of the time we're interviewing our Nordic consultants in one manner or another to gather tips and tricks that help you work better with Epic. Occasionally, we'll slip in a little fun to show you what it's like to partner with us. 

    If you have a topic that you'd like to see us cover here, let us know!

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