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Reporter Aug 11 2017

Focus on Epic: EpicLeap to make care seamless at VUMC

Aug. 10, 2017—EpicLeap, a project that will transform patient care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) through new technology and processes, started in 2015 with a notification from a technology vendor. A few of the key pieces of software VUMC uses to currently provide care were no longer going to be supported by the vendor. Vanderbilt’s HealthIT team was then faced with a crucial decision — they could provide support for the software bundle themselves, upgrade to the vendor’s suggested replacements, or consider a totally different solution altogether.

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Focus on Epic: Extensive planning, preparation set stage for smooth launch

Aug. 10, 2017—“If you haven’t been part of an Epic Go Live before, it’s a pretty amazing experience,” said Chris Costello, director of the EpicLeap program, referring to the time period when Epic software goes into production for the first time. “It’s borderline magical.”

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Focus on Epic: Epic transition promises benefits for VUMC patients

Aug. 10, 2017—When eStar goes live in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, the transition process should be largely invisible to the hundreds of patients who will be in the care of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) at the time.

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Focus on Epic: Parking plan for EpicLeap training in effect

Aug. 10, 2017—With EpicLeap training underway this month, employees will need to ensure they are following the special parking rules in effect until early November.

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Focus on Epic: eStar training for employees to be ‘all hands on deck’ effort

Aug. 10, 2017—Training an entire organization on how to use a new computer system isn’t a simple task — especially when it involves adequately training more than 17,000 employees during a span of just 10 weeks.

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Focus on Epic: eStar creates galaxy of interconnected applications

Aug. 10, 2017—In an effort to continue its constant search for ways to enhance patient care, VUMC has embarked on a journey to reach for the future of health care — a new galaxy equipped with the resources needed to take its work to new heights.

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Assembly outlines how Epic aligns with organizational goals

Aug. 10, 2017—Much more than a just software replacement, eStar, the Epic-based clinical software platform replacing StarPanel, will be the backbone of a new information technology ecosystem for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) that will usher in future successes and create the potential to better serve patients, said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of VUMC and dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Awards honor dedication to excellence

Aug. 10, 2017—The most recent Credo Award and Five Pillar Leader Award winners were announced at this week’s Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly at Langford Auditorium. The awards are conferred on a quarterly basis.

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Cancer patient creates artwork for Radiation Oncology suite

Aug. 10, 2017—In her life, Jessi Zazu, 27, has toured the world as a musician in the group Those Darlins, recorded three studio albums, starred in music videos and exhibited her original artwork in individual and group art shows.

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School of Nursing celebrates accomplishment during August pinning ceremonies

Aug. 9, 2017—The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recognized more than 350 students for the completion of their programs with pinning ceremonies held at Langford Auditorium Aug. 6. Pinning is a tradition unique to nursing that signifies entry into the profession.

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Breast Cancer Genomic Profiling Reveals Clues to Treatment Resistance

Aug. 9, 2017—Thanks to advances in treatment, the relative five-year survival rate from all combined subtypes of breast cancer now exceeds 90 percent and yet the disease remains the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States after lung and colorectal cancers.

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