Epic Effort

You might have heard that Mayo Clinic conducting an epic effort to convert its electronic health records system to the Epic platform. So what is Epic - is it a long poem narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic figures? Well, not exactly. Epic is software that hospitals and health systems use to access, organize, store, and share patient records. However, what I have heard of the conversion and training process sounds quite epic in nature.

One major challenge is to get the software installed at the various Mayo locations and the smaller satellite health systems throughout the country, and verify that it is working correctly. Another challenge is training employees in using the software. Hopefully, once the dust has settled, it will be much easier to share patient records across health systems.

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