Epic Leadership has announced a project update regarding the Epic Wave 3 Go-Live date change from April 2, 2022, to Saturday, June 4, 2022, for RWJUH New Brunswick, Hamilton, and Rahway, and CINJ, and Wave 3 Medical Practices.
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RWJBarnabas Health is implementing Epic across the enterprise using a staggered approach over a period of multiple years. Each “wave” of Epic go-lives is grouped together strategically in order to minimize disruption, maintain patient safety and ensure the delivery of high quality care throughout the duration of the transition.
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Clara Maass Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Wave 5 Medical Practices
Go-Live date is TBD April, 2024. The date shown above is approximate. More detailed information is coming soon.
Children’s Specialized Hospital, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, University Behavioral Health Care, Wave 6 Medical Practices
Epic Gives Patients a Voice
“Traditionally, hospitals have treated their clinical information as a protected resource, available only to those lucky enough to be inside the bubble,” said Dr. Covit. “Having immediate access to patient records across multiple facilities in a geographic region through Epic is unprecedented and revolutionary.”
Thanking Our Epic Together Team
What is the ultimate goal of change? It is often to achieve stability for the greater good. However, change itself requires periods of instability – this is the paradigm of change. Said differently, change is messy. Change is overlapping and unpredictable – perhaps nothing could have demonstrated this more than the outbreak of COVID-19 occurring just after we kicked off our Epic Together journey.
Resiliency Takes Center Stage
Epic Together is a force to be reckoned with. Since the March 13, 2020 COVID-19 shutdown, this project has bucked all odds: increasing productivity by 43% and remaining on track for implementation, while so many other healthcare organizations hit the pause button.
Physician Advocates Boost Epic Adoption
Specialists Training Specialist (STS) is an Epic training program which uses staff physicians to train their colleagues on Epic workflow and documentation.
Operational Workgroup Decision Making
The role of operational workgroups transitions over the lifecycle of the Epic project. During the early Workflow & Configuration phase the project, the workgroups focused on decision-making: design decisions, content decisions, and risk/issue identification.
One Patient, One Record
“One Patient, One Record” is critical to quality care and a successful Epic implementation. With that in mind, RWJBH is implementing a long-term plan that will maintain a duplicate rate of less than 3%, a gold standard in the healthcare field.
Gold Star Rating
Epic’s Gold Stars program helps RWJBarnabas Health’s Epic Together project improve clinical and financial outcomes.
Drawn from the experiences of industry peers, Gold Stars provides a snapshot of the Epic Together current system and feature usage, based on overall adoption of Gold Star feature items.
Decommissions Save Money
RWJBarnabas Health’s Epic implementation is already producing enterprise-wide savings. A recent decommissioning of an obsolete mainframe application/database will save about $200,000 per year in maintenance and support costs alone.
Epic Together’s Ultimate Goal
As the Epic Together team completed an important milestone, the completion of the Wave 4 Build in July 31st of 2020, RWJBarnabas Epic Together project leadership recognized the tremendous efforts taken by the team to reach yet another goal.