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COVID-19 UPDATES

This page will list resources and other pertinent information from Epic related to COVID-19

Epic Partners with New York Hospitals for COVID-19 Patients Treated at Manhattan’s Javits Center

New York has long been a city that comes together in times of crisis. While its healthcare workers fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Epic, the electronic health records provider for over half of all Americans, is partnering with the New York Department of Health and NYC Health + Hospitals so that when patients arrive at Manhattan’s Javits Center, their medical information can be there with them.

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Using Phone Screening to Evaluate Patients with Symptoms of COVID-19

If you call the emergency hotline at Providence St. Joseph Health in Washington, Cone Health in North Carolina, or one of over 160 other Epic community members across the United States, a triage nurse might ask you the same set of questions to check for symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Health systems around the country are using new standard questions and adapting workflows to screen more patients for the virus over the phone.

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Epic: Telehealth Visits Explode as COVID-19 Changes What it Means to See the Doctor

Virtual care is a new reality for doctors, nurses, and other clinicians in a socially distanced world. Millions of people had their first virtual appointments over the past few weeks. For more than 60% of the U.S. population, those appointments likely used software from Epic, the nation’s largest electronic health records company.

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Population Health for Patients Most at Risk from COVID-19

Angie is a 39-year-old mom of two who recently completed chemotherapy, and her immune system hasn’t yet fully recovered. The CDC and other organizations have found that patients like Angie who are immunocompromised, as well as older patients and those with conditions like heart disease, are more likely to be seriously ill or die if they get COVID-19.

Health systems across the Epic community are using population health tools to follow up with higher-risk patients like Angie.

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Drive-Up Testing for COVID-19 Using Epic

As hospitals around the US prepare to test an increasing number of patients who might be carrying the coronavirus, the Epic community is thinking outside the box and outside the hospital to address unprecedented circumstances. Drive-up testing is part of many organizations’ plans, because it allows patients to be tested quickly while limiting contact with others.

While limits on the number of tests available have slowed some screening efforts, quick appointment creation and streamlined registration in Epic help make the testing process as efficient as possible. If your organization is interested in starting drive-up testing sites…

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New COVID-19 Preparedness App Fills Interoperability Gaps For Surge Preparedness

A new mobile electronic health record (EHR) app that enables patient screening and triage outside of a typical health care setting is ready to deploy in Washington state. Created by EHR developer Epic in partnership with OCHIN, a health IT and innovation nonprofit, for deployment by the Washington State Health Care Authority, the new COVID-19 Preparedness App brings a new level of readiness, interoperability, and public health coordination to the frontlines of the current coronavirus pandemic nationwide.

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Managing COVID-19 With Epic (Updated March 19)

The Managing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) With Epic white paper is being updated every day, and there have been 49 updates made since it was published March 6, including new guidance about:

Epic community members can access the white paper on the UserWeb (login required).

Epic Cancels XGM to Keep Our Staff, Customers, and Community Healthy

After careful consideration, and discussion with many, we have decided to cancel Experts Group Meeting (XGM) 2020. Although this was a difficult decision, we believe it’s the best option to keep our staff, customers, and communities healthy.

We will miss seeing our guests at XGM this year, and are saddened that this change will impact the businesses in our community that help welcome and host the 9,000 guests who come to XGM. However, we felt that this decision was necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

We have notified each of our customers and our community partners this morning.

Managing COVID-19 With Epic

There are many questions surrounding the recent outbreak of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Epic tools can help support your organization’s response.

Biocontainment experts, infectious disease physicians and researchers, and other clinicians are working with Epic to help healthcare organizations meet the challenges of this outbreak with confidence.

Epic community members can find detailed guidance in the Managing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) With Epic white paper on the UserWeb (UserWeb login required).

Read a quick summary on Epic.com.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019: Epic Sends Automatic Travel Screening Update to Spot New Cases

On Wednesday, January 22nd, Epic sent an update to its standard travel screening questionnaire to remind clinicians and other front-line staff to ask patients about recent international travel. If the patient has traveled from China or has symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019, the provider is advised to start isolation precautions to contain potential infection. This … Continue reading “Coronavirus Disease 2019: Epic Sends Automatic Travel Screening Update to Spot New Cases”

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