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Earlier this summer, eight members of the BWHC Partners eCare (PeC) Clinician Champion Team had the chance to “test drive” the new system. Offered in multiple sessions, the event was designed to provide participants with a preview of how the integrated system will work by guiding them through scripted scenarios consisting of basic workflows for an inpatient nurse, inpatient physician and ambulatory physician.
“Participants in the test drive were not seeing the final system but a work still in progress,” said Betsy Drucker, MD, physician director of the PeC Clinician Engagement Team. “Our content team and Epic application managers and coordinators were on hand to provide support and answer questions.”
In the test drive environment, participants were able to experience everyday activities, including how to view and input patient history, manage medication, document assessments, place orders, start and finish an admission and use the Epic Smart Tools function.
“With the test drive, I was given a sense of how I will use Partners eCare in my job,” said nurse practitioner Johanna Baldassari, BWHC clinician champion at BWFH. “While I knew I was still in a testing environment, I came away with a much better understanding of the integration and the tools the system will provide to help me care for my patients.”
Training is key to the successful implementation of PeC, and that became very clear to participants during the test drive.
“There can be a lot of ‘clicks’ to get where you need to go, and that will take some time to get used to, but in general it is pretty intuitive,” said BWHC clinician champion and BWH surgeon David Brooks, MD. “For clinicians, taking advantage of the personalization labs in training to set up templates for frequently used tasks will be a tremendous time saver once we go live.”
BWHC will go live with Partners eCare beginning May 30, 2015. Learn more at partnersecare.partners.org.