Implementation of Epic Beaker Clinical Pathology at Stanford University Medical Center.
OBJECTIVES: To provide an account of implementation of the Epic Beaker 2014 clinical pathology module at Stanford University Medical Center and highlight strengths and weaknesses of the system.
METHODS: Based on a formal selection process, Stanford selected Epic Beaker to replace Sunquest as the clinical laboratory information system (LIS). The rationale included integration between the LIS and already installed Epic electronic medical record (EMR), reduction in the number of systems and interfaces, and positive patient identification (PPID). The build was significantly customized and included a first of its kind Epic-to-Epic interface. This was due to the clinical laboratory serving two hospitals (pediatric and adult) with independent instances of Epic.
RESULTS: Test turnaround times showed improvement from historical baselines, mostly because of the implementation of PPID. PPID also resulted in significant reduction in mislabeled specimens.
CONCLUSIONS: Epic 2014 Beaker clinical pathology is a viable LIS with adequate functionality for a large academic center. Strengths include PPID and integration with the EMR. Integration provides laboratory users with ready access to the patient's relevant clinical history to assist releasing of results and gives physician and nurse providers sophisticated add-on ordering and specimen collection workflows. Areas that could use further development include specimen aliquoting, quality control reporting, and maintenance tools.
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Tan, B. T., Fralick, J., Flores, W., Schrandt, C., Davis, V., Bruynell, T., Wilson, L., Christopher, J., Weber, S., & Shah, N. (2017). Implementation of Epic Beaker Clinical Pathology at Stanford University Medical Center. American journal of clinical pathology, 147(3), 261–272. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcp/aqw221
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