Sponsor block for blogThe first conference of the Epic Regional User Group was…well, epic! Over 140 representatives from health systems in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton region gathered at the Drake Conference Center on October 9th, and they  all had one thing in common: Epic Systems.

Whether their job involves using the Electronic Health Record software to improve patient tracking, enhance care coordination and population health, or to optimize scheduling and manage e-visits – the Epic platform is central to their work.

The Epic Regional User Group 2015 Conference provided an opportunity for regional Epic users to come together to learn, share, and network about their Epic solutions and the entire ecosystem that is needed to enhance and support their Epic installs.

Recognizing the significance of the Epic platform within member health systems, The Health Collaborative launched the Regional Epic Service line in early 2015. The Regional Epic Advisory Group was organized to guide initiatives that would invest in these synergies and increase regional collaboration toward optimization of the software’s use and application.

“Our region is in a unique position to create synergies due to the large percentage of systems and members already invested in Epic products,” said Susan Petrose, Director, Regional Epic Services at The Health Collaborative.

With representation from Chief Information Officers and Chief Medical Informatics Officers at Greater Cincinnati and Dayton health systems, the Regional Epic Advisory Group meets quarterly to discuss new initiatives and market trends, collaborative startups and how to bring value and drive cost savings in areas such as data exchange, training and education, patient care, reporting and patient handoffs.

“All of our region’s health systems contributed to the planning process for this event, providing speakers and filling the venue to capacity,” Petrose said. “This kind of engagement is a testament to the opportunities we have to drive innovation within the current IT structure and develop community standards for our region,” she added.

The day began with one of Epic’s developers presenting a session on Epic’s Cool Stuff Ahead, followed by a morning and afternoon filled with sessions provided by our local Epic organization’s experts. Participants attended five breakout sessions, selecting from fifteen possibilities including Ambulatory, and Inpatient specific sessions. The closing panel discussion shared best practices around engaging Epic end-users.

Participating healthcare organizations included The Christ Hospital Health Network, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Kettering Health Network, Mercy Health, Premier Health, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, TriHealth, and UC Health.

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