Epic has named Samaritan Health Services to its honor roll of health care organizations for the third time, reflecting Samaritan’s commitment to providing the most up-to-date electronic medical records (EMR) to its staff and patients.
Samaritan began its transition to Epic in 2013. About 500 health care organizations use Epic as their EMR provider, with less than 160 being named to Epic’s honor roll.
“This is very prestigious – it shows that we are an organization that puts a high priority on our EMR and that we work hard to stay on top of all advances and updates,” said Sonney Sapra, chief information officer. “I would like to recognize the entire IS team for their work to make this happen, as well as the IS Epic Release Advisory Council for their leadership with this initiative.”
More than half the IS team has been working since April 2020 to earn this designation. The work included infrastructure maintenance, bringing new features online, proven system maintenance, updated business continuity processes and developing a clinician builder program.
“Epic gives us a checklist of items that they view as best practices for effectively utilizing the Epic system, maintaining good software standards and implementing enhancements that improve the system user’s satisfaction,” said Kim Sather, associate vice president of design and operations for IS. “We review the checklist to ensure that we meet eligibility requirements and then select five or more honor roll components for program submission.”
Sather said the designation was based on ease of use for clinicians, enterprise data and analytics, infrastructure, population health and staying current on Epic.
“Completing the components of the honor roll program ensures we draw the most value from the Epic software, and it helps improve the health and wellness of our community,” Sather said.