Unlike other clinical and financial systems, all Epic applications are built from the ground up on a single platform – which means they integrate seamlessly with one another and provide more consistent, efficient performance across the organization.
With Epic, physicians and clinicians use a single platform to view a patient’s full medical history, including any inpatient or outpatient care, diagnostic tests or medications. That saves time and provides easy access to information needed to support better care.
Epic makes sharing data and information easy – which will lead to better, safer and more coordinated care for our patients. It also supports clinical processes proven to lead to more effective treatment. Once fully implemented, we expect see improved clinical and financial outcomes similar to those experienced by other Epic users. For example:
We have made significant strides in streamlining and improving care with our current EHR. However, we believe there is room for improvement. Epic will replace 80 information systems currently in use across its facilities with a single information-sharing platform, increasing efficiencies by streamlining services such as registration, billing and clinical applications. We will also join a growing Epic community, which includes many of the nation’s leading health systems, in the exchange of data, best practices and innovation.
Simply put, we believe it’s the right thing to do. Epic will help us provide patients with better, safer and more coordinated care at every touch point. While any clinical or financial billing system is a significant investment, Epic’s track record for accurate pricing, on-time and on-budget go lives and value-adds that reduce lifetime ownership costs make it a smart choice for organizations like ours seeking to balance cost, risk and long-term value.
While there’s no doubt Epic – or any electronic health record – is a significant investment, implementation budgets cited in media reports often include technical upgrades, external consulting costs and other factors outside the price of the Epic software.
The most common reasons organizations exceed their implementation budgets are increases in project scope or timeline and project team staffing deficiencies. Ardent has invested significant time and resources in the selection and planning process to ensure we are well positioned for a smooth implementation. To limit unnecessary customization and save time and resources, we will standardize around Epic’s pre-built Foundation System of workflows, clinical content and reporting tools. Epic’s workflows are based on best practices and lessons learned from other users, including many of the nation’s leading health systems.
The user name info for accessing the Epic information behind the firewall is the following:
Password: current password
You will need to make arrangements with your supervisor, who is responsible for registrations.
Once your market has been given access to the Playground, log into Citrix. You should be able to go to the Epic Folder>Training Folder>PLY or PLY-MTZ. You will use the same login info from your classroom training sheets.