Epic is working to take interoperability international, CEO Judy Faulkner instructed greater than 10,000 attendees on the firm’s annual Customers Group Assembly.
“You have eradicated the silos from inside your group,” mentioned Faulkner, talking at Epic’s headquarters in Verona, Wisconsin, based on the Madison Capital Instances. “Now it is time to get rid of the silos from outdoors.”
Faulkner was referring to Epic’s One Digital System Worldwide initiative, which it launched early this 12 months. The initiative permits “clinicians throughout all organizations utilizing Epic” to extra simply collect, share and work together with well being knowledge regardless of the placement and presents it in a unified view.
“We’re taking interoperability from having the ability to ‘view extra’ to having the ability to ‘do extra,’” mentioned Dave Fuhrmann, Epic’s vice chairman of interoperability, when the venture was first introduced.
This spring, for instance, UNC Well being introduced it was utilizing the “Joyful Collectively” element of One Digital System Worldwide to drag in EHR knowledge from different well being programs to create a extra complete narrative view of its sufferers – enhancing take care of diabetes sufferers.
As is usually the knock in opposition to the corporate, the concentrate on trade throughout Epic clients isn’t fairly the identical as true interoperability. However Epic mentioned the initiative does embody “organizations that use different EHRs.”
It definitely represents an Epic-esque method to the thought of extra widespread knowledge sharing. Given the scope of Epic’s buyer footprint, with almost two-thirds of U.S. sufferers and more and more extra in Europe, it is on a scale that would credibly live-up to the venture’s daring identify.
In some methods, the One Digital System Worldwide idea is just like Epic’s concepts for “complete well being data” – CHRs, not EHRs – that incorporate extra and larger knowledge. It is a branding of types, that displays the brand new scope of tech-enabled 21st Century healthcare but in addition highlights Epic’s personal outsized skill to form the dialog – even when some healthcare professionals take challenge with that branding.
In Verona, Faulkner instructed the shoppers assembled in Epic’s 11,000-seat Deep Area Auditorium that the probabilities enabled by the shared community of One Digital System Worldwide had been large.
By connecting its clients throughout the globe and making knowledge extra seamlessly obtainable and actionable inside their and others’ medical workflows, Faulkner mentioned Epic might assist a variety of organizations enhance care for his or her sufferers and collaborate on medical advances that would have a world impression.
“Collectively, we will discover solutions to many puzzling questions, and forestall many illnesses,” mentioned Faulkner, based on the Cap Instances.