Epic on Jan. 22 released an automatic software update to its standard travel screening questionnaire to help hospital clients spot new cases of coronavirus by asking patients about their recent international travel.
Five things to know:
1. If a patient has traveled from China or has symptoms of coronavirus, a respiratory infection originating in Wuhan, China, the Epic EHR advises the provider to start isolation precautions to contain potential infection.
2. Epic collaborated with biocontainment experts, infectious disease physicians, Epic-using clinicians and the CDC on the update.
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3. Healthcare organizations that use Epic automatically get the new coronavirus alert within Epic’s travel screening activity.
4. Epic representatives are reaching out to organizations to confirm that their workflows within the EHR follow CDC’s guidelines.
5. Renton, Wash.-based Providence, which uses an Epic EHR, has treated the only identified case of coronavirus in the U.S., according to the news release.
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review