What is an Epic Hospital System?

A doctor standing outside of a hospital entrance.
A doctor standing outside of a hospital entrance. (Image: XiXinXing/XiXinXing/Getty Images)

Hospitals are no longer just a stand-alone building. Often associated with a hospital are off-campus ambulatory surgical facilities, testing facilities, rehabilitation facilities and doctors’ offices. Software made by Epic allows patient information to be accessed by the many parts of a hospital system, including the patient himself.

How It Works

Epic’s software is developed, installed and supported by its own employees made up of process experts, software developers and clinicians. After a hospital agrees to use Epic, the patient has complete access to his medical records, seeing exactly the same chart information as his medical providers. The hospital gets to keep everything in one place so all of the patient’s providers have access to the same information. It also streamlines the hospital's operation. In 2014, for example, a Greenville, North Carolina hospital decided to take on Epic. Its spokesman told the Greenville News Epic it would replace 50 different systems the hospital was using at the time.

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