Epic. One step closer to system integration.

On Feb. 19, we moved one more step closer to our goal of system integration as Houston Methodist St. Catherine, Houston Methodist St. John and Houston Methodist West went live on Epic.

“Our Epic implementation was a collaborative effort between operations and our Information Technology partners,” said Vicki Brownewell, chief nursing officer, Houston Methodist West.

“I’m pleased to say that we now have a seamless system that makes huge improvements in bedside nursing and provides additional patient safety measures,” she said.

Positive results.

Super users and operational experts systemwide supported these community hospitals throughout the transition period.

The results were positive:

    • Team members highly engaged and supportive
    • Quick issue resolution
    • Positive financial indicators
    • Patient experience: volumes/wait times normal
    • Widespread support

The next Epic Go-Live is May 14 at Houston Methodist San Jacinto, Houston Methodist Sugar Land and Houston Methodist Willowbrook.

On June 26, our entire system will be live on Epic when Houston Methodist The Woodlands opens their doors to patients.

Notable quotables.

    • “I’m seeing intentional collaboration between blue shirts, red shirts, staff and administration alike. This is who we are. It is our default to be there for each other.” – hospital chaplain
    • “It used to be that you had to jump from Medhost to MethOD. Now everything is on one screen!” – ED nurse
    • “I appreciate the hands-on learning. The at-the-elbow support has made the difference for me. I love the electronic access.” – patient access analyst
    • “I’ve been working with Epic for five days and it gets better every day. It was easier than I thought it would be.” – registration clerk
    • “I like Capsule. The nurses are no longer calling me for patient vitals. I do the V/S quicker now and the vitals are in Epic right away.” – patient care assistant