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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!