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Epic EMR Training: An Interview with Jennifer Williams

Posted by The HCI Group on February 5, 2016 at 10:01 AM

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Epic EMR Training: An Interview with Jennifer Williams

What are the characteristics of an Epic trainer and their projects? In this blog post, we interview Jennifer about how she became an Epic trainer, her typical projects, and best practices.

Jennifer Williams has been an Epic trainer since October 2012. She specializes in scheduling and registration.

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Topics: Epic, Training, Healthcare IT Consulting

Epic Consultant Corner: Robert Kight Interview

Posted by The HCI Group on August 3, 2015 at 5:04 PM

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Epic Consultant Corner: Robert Kight Interview

As an Epic Certified Bridges Analyst NVT 2014, Robert has over 24 years of Integration, Enterprise Application Software/Hardware Support and Maintenance experience.  He has significant integration experience with Full Life Cycle Implementations, HL7, Healthcare Integration Workflow, Legacy Conversion and Ensemble Interfaces.

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Topics: Epic, HL7, Epic Implementation, Healthcare IT Consulting

Cerner Consultant Corner: Mike McMahon Interview

Posted by The HCI Group on May 29, 2015 at 1:09 PM

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Cerner Consultant Corner: Mike McMahon Interview

As a registered nurse with over twenty-five years of experience in the healthcare arena, Mike McMahon has excellent clinical IT experience with Cerner Millennium; CPOE, PowerChart, FirstNet, and Maternity PowerChart. Mike is a lead Analyst who has the expertise replacing an existing electronic documentation system with Cerner Millennium PowerChart at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. He has significant CPOE project experience with focus on best practice and Meaningful Use doctrine. He is experienced with Patient Management and Rules in Cerner he has gathered requirements, build, and tested initial rules using Discern Expert while at University of Washington and Tenet Corporation.

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Topics: Cerner, Healthcare IT Consulting

3 Epic Staffing Options You Probably Haven’t Considered

Posted by The HCI Group on January 9, 2015 at 5:07 PM

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3 Epic Staffing Options You Probably Haven’t Considered

Properly staffing for an Epic implementation can be as much art as science. Proper gap analysis and precise planning are paramount, but augmenting your fundamental preparations with alternative staffing options can help you create an implementation masterpiece that blends flexibility, efficiency and savings.

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Topics: Epic, EHR Implementation, Go-Live Support, Healthcare IT Consulting

Great Healthcare IT Consulting | View from the Front Lines (Part 4 of 4)

Posted by Cynthia Gallegos on October 22, 2013 at 6:31 AM

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Great Healthcare IT Consulting | View from the Front Lines (Part 4 of 4)

In the last of our 4 part series, one of HCI’s most senior consultants Cynthia Gallegos, RN, ND reflects on the changing roles of healthcare IT consulting over the years.

The first week in Nursing Theory, I was introduced to Dr. Patricia Benner’s, “Novice to Expert Theory.”  She describes five stages of nursing experience; Novice, Advanced beginner, Competent, Proficient and Expert (Benner, 1982).  I remember memorizing the key points I would need to remember for the exam but never truly understanding the relevance that Dr. Benner’s theory would have throughout my professional career.  

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Topics: Healthcare IT Consulting

Epic Consulting | 4 Critical Questions to Ask Your Next Candidate

Posted by The HCI Group on October 15, 2013 at 6:51 AM

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Epic Consulting | 4 Critical Questions to Ask Your Next Candidate

Editor's note: This post was originally published in October 2013 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Today we are continuing our 'Great Healthcare IT Consulting' series, with a look at Epic Consulting.

As with any EHR implementation, choosing the right consultant is crucial to its success. However, choosing the right Epic consultant is a challenging task. Epic certifications are difficult to come by and, at the same time, the large number of health care organizations implementing Epic is driving demand for the limited number of consultants upwards. While, at times, it might seem like just getting any Epic consultant in the door is better than nothing, bringing the right one in can have a major effect on your company's success with the software. Here are a few questions that you should be asking.

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Topics: Epic, Healthcare IT Consulting

Great Healthcare IT Consulting | Cerner (Part 2 of 4)

Posted by The HCI Group on October 8, 2013 at 7:04 AM

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Great Healthcare IT Consulting | Cerner (Part 2 of 4)

Today we are continuing our 'Great healthcare IT consulting' series, with a look at Cerner Consultants.

Like many other complicated enterprise software programs, both installing and managing Cerner's software frequently requires specialized knowledge and experience. Cerner healthcare consulting firms bridge the gap between in-house knowledge and specialized Cerner expertise, helping healthcare organizations get their Cerner system running and providing advanced support to keep it effective.

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Topics: Cerner, Healthcare IT Consulting

Great Healthcare IT Consulting | Allscripts (Part 1 of 4)

Posted by The HCI Group on October 1, 2013 at 6:27 AM

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Great Healthcare IT Consulting | Allscripts (Part 1 of 4)

Today we start a 4 week series on what makes great healthcare IT consulting. Today we start by looking at Allscripts Consulting.

A great Allscripts consultant can understand the complexities across Allscripts open platform of clinical and business performance solutions for ambulatory, acute and post-acute care settings whether it’s the Sunrise Clinical Manager suite of products or the Enterprise products. 

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Topics: Allscripts, Healthcare IT Consulting

Cerner Consultant Corner: Kay Wind Interview

Posted by The HCI Group on September 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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Cerner Consultant Corner: Kay Wind Interview

Kay Wind brings a unique combination of skills and experience to clients of the HCI Group.
 A
 registered critical-care nurse, Kay also has twenty years of multidisciplinary clinical and healthcare-management experience. For more than nine years, she has played a leading role in the design, build, implementation and support of Cerner Millennium Solutions, focusing on PowerChart/IView, eMAR, Clinical Documentation, PowerPlans and CPOE implementations.

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Topics: Cerner, Healthcare IT Consulting

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