Epic Texas Collaborative
The Texas Epic Collaborative was started several years ago as a forum for healthcare organizations that are using the Epic Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system. The collaborative provides a platform for organizations to discuss industry trends and strategies for success.
The goal of the collaborative is to share information that will help all member organizations to optimize EMR usage, and ultimately improve clinical care delivery through the use of technology. Initially, the members of the collaborative were primarily from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but membership has since grown to include several other cities in Texas.
The collaborative meets at least annually, but stays in constant communication via electronic methods. The last in-person meeting was co-hosted by Children’s Health℠, UT Southwestern and Parkland Memorial on July 26, 2013, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at McDermott Plaza. Specific innovations from the 2013 meeting that have been implemented, or are in the process of being implemented, include:
- Methods for engaging patients and families in their own care using electronic medical records (EMRs)
- Methods for engaging the provider community in ICD-10 (an international classification of diseases)
- The use of hand-held devices to help providers manage patient care
- Using iPads and dashboards to improve patient care
Before the collaborative meets again it will decide, collectively, which topics to cover that will help them to optimize the Epic platform to improve patient care delivery. Sharing of ideas allows multiple organizations throughout Texas to reach their goals as a team.