Thursday, May 21, 2020

Another Information Technology Recognition

It’s been more than three and a half years since we went live with Epic as our electronic medical record (EMR) across the GBMC HealthCare System. Today, our patients have one seamless record at GBMC. Without question, our success is due to a lot of hard work and a big team effort.

Last year, GBMC was recognized with Magna Cum Laude status in Epic’s Honor Roll Program. This recognition was earned for achieving continuous improvements in patient outcomes, quality of care, workflow efficiency, and financial performance. We also achieved a score of 9 out of 10 on the Epic Gold Star program. The Gold Star program exists to incentivize Epic users to get the most out of the software’s capabilities. Very few organizations achieve nine stars.

Now, I am very proud to announce that GBMC is the only recipient to date, to receive the highest award of Summa Cum Laude in Epic’s Honor Roll Good Maintenance Grant Program. This is the highest level of achievement for Epic users!

To achieve Summa Cum Laude we needed to have completed all eight components of the program to prove that we were drawing the most value from our Epic software investment. Those components are:
• Ease of use for providers
• Enterprise data and analytics
• Financial
• Health information exchange
• Infrastructure stability and performance
• Patient experience
• Population health
• Staying current with the latest features

I am honored to receive this award and I want to congratulate Dave Hynson, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Cindy Ellis, Epic IT Application Director, the entire Epic team, and all the clinicians and support staff for helping us achieve this remarkable recognition.

It’s That Time of Year…
Baltimore Magazine is collecting votes for its TOP DOCTORS issue. Docs, please vote for the colleagues you most respect! The 100-plus specialties have been revamped for this year’s issue, so there are new specialties and specialty groupings. Please remember that the more physicians participate, the more likely it is that the GBMC HealthCare System will be well-represented in this year’s winner's list. The survey may be found here. Thank you!

Honoring Our Heroes
This weekend we commemorate Memorial Day — the day that has been designated to remember the sacrifice made by those who dedicated their lives to defending our freedoms and the safety of our nation. We honor all our veterans and their commitment to safeguard our security.

GBMC HealthCare is fortunate to have many veterans on our staff working in all three of our work systems. They bring extraordinary talent, training, and experience to our organization. We also have employees with family members serving in the armed forces on our team.

On this Memorial Day, let us be mindful of our heroes — living and dead. Let this be a moment to recognize our nation’s champions with appreciation and respect.

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