Epic Launches Update in Effort to Spot Coronavirus Cases

Epic recently released an update to its healthcare customers, meant to help suppliers nationwide detect potential cases of the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Epic has standardized the new travel screening questionnaire in an effort to ensure clinicians and different front-line medical employees ask patients about current international travel.

If sufferers say they’ve traveled from China, or show symptoms in line with Wuhan novel coronavirus, providers are suggested to start isolation precautions to assist contain the potential infection.

Epic says this new update was built in partnership with biocontainment specialists, infectious disease physicians, and others with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Early this week, the Epic Travel and Communicable Illness Advisory Board, which contains infectious disease clinicians training at healthcare groups utilizing Epic, started discussing updates to the journey screening in Epic to detect possible cases of 2019-nCoV.

The panel decided that healthcare groups will robotically get the new coronavirus alert within Epic’s travel screening practice.

Epic further says its representatives are reaching out to its provider customers to confirm that they’ve IT workflows that follow CDC rules.

In 2014, Epic found itself in the midst of debate related to another public health crisis – the epidemic of the Ebola virus – and to what extent EHR workflows may be related to timely detection and efficient response protocols.