Finding a solution that not only provides enhanced deployment flexibility, but also simplifies the Epic upgrade process, improves security for your clinical data, and enhances the user experience can be tough if you’re not looking in the right place.

But, luckily for you, this is where Epic Hyperdrive comes in.

Read on to learn more about the Hyperdrive solution and gain better insight into Hyperspace to Hyperdrive transition processes to make the most of your Epic investment.

What is Epic Hyperspace?

Epic Hyperspace is the front-end software that is presented to healthcare providers and administrative staff in healthcare organizations when launching their Epic software system. Hyperspace is usually installed within hosted servers that connect many different workstations throughout an organization, rather than on each individual device.

Hyperspace is one of the most crucial components of the Epic software landscape, and it lies at the core of all system operations. And, because Hyperspace is a core element of Epic customers’ systems, any Epic upgrades usually also include an update to the Hyperspace software as well.

The software is also designed and configured to offer different menus, viewing options, tasks, and other tools for individual users depending on their roles and permissions within the system. This way, individual users have the right visibility and functionality to do their jobs, whether they are tasked with personal health record management, patient registration, documentation for new patient records, or any other clinical activity within the Epic environment.

Main Components of Epic Hyperspace

Now that you have a better idea of what Hyperspace is, let’s take a closer look at the main components of the software and discuss the capabilities of each one.

Epic Hyperspace Toolbar

The Hyperspace toolbar presents the most frequently accessed menu options for each individual user. With the toolbar, users have more immediate access to their most common workflow tools and the “Print” and “Logout” buttons, making it easier for them to complete tasks in a timely manner and improve overall productivity within their organization.

Workspace Tabs

When a user accesses a new workspace within Epic, a new tab also opens in the system. Tabs are linked to active workspaces to make navigating different tasks and areas of the Epic system simpler and more effective.

Activity Toolbar

The activity toolbar is similar to the Hyperspace toolbar, but rather than providing options based on an individual user’s most frequently used menu options, the activity toolbar provides buttons related to current activities within the Epic systems. With this toolbar, users have access to buttons related to current activities and tasks, simplifying their experience and helping them to complete assigned tasks more efficiently.

Activity Tabs

Activity tabs allow users to access other activities within the system that are related to activities that have already been opened or accessed. Tabs like “Registration” and “Appointment Entry” help patient care managers and care providers keep track of current activities to ensure tasks are accomplished on-time.

Epic Button

The Epic button makes it easier for users to access menus and navigate the available menu options. Because of Epic’s role-based security and access permissions, users are given access to the menus that are available to them, such as “Tools” and “Reports”, but menu options will differ between users throughout the organization.


Forms in Epic include multiple pages of clinical data for patients within a hospital or other care facility. Users can enter, edit, and view data within the forms, but each of their permissions is dependent on their roles and level of access within the Epic system.

Form Navigator

With the Form Navigator, users can quickly and easily access forms within their current activities. Once a user accesses a certain activity within their Epic systems, they can click on the Form Navigator to go to a specific form related to that activity.

What is Epic Hyperdrive?

Hyperdrive is Epic’s new client application that leverages a modern user interface (UI) and an Epic-specific web browser designed to help organizations build streamlined workflows, enable integrations with other products, and improve the overall experience for end users.

The Hyperdrive client offers healthcare-focused enhancements, improved system security, enhanced location awareness, and customized product integrations, and it is intended to replace the desktop-based Epic Hyperspace application by providing greater functionality for healthcare clients across the board.

Hyperspace vs. Hyperdrive

When it comes to making the switch from Hyperspace to Hyperdrive, it’s important to consider the main advantages of each solution for your organization’s electronic health record needs.

And, while both products do offer useful tools and resources for Epic users across a wide range of health systems and organizations, choosing the right solution for your needs is critical to your success.

Here are a few of the main features and capabilities of each electronic medical record system:

Core Capabilities of Epic Hyperspace

  • Primary end-user interface to connect users across workstations
  • Central point of access for all applications within the Epic system
  • Menus, tasks, and viewing options based on user-specific roles and permissions
  • Personalized toolbars for common menu options, activities, and workspaces
  • Form Navigator tool and customized forms for individual users

Advantages of the Solution

1) Improved interoperability through built-in integrations between internal Epic modules and applications and external, non-Epic systems and tools

2) Increased productivity with greater system functionality and customized solutions based on user roles, activities, and tasks

3) Higher return on investment (ROI) by making better cost and revenue management decisions, leveraging improved employee engagement, and using Epic in its full capacity

Main Features of Epic Hyperdrive

  • Web-based framework for streamlined workflows and integrations
  • Simplified system installation and maintenance for Epic users
  • Upgraded training materials for improved knowledge transfer across departments
  • Improved security through authentication devices and other authentication software

Benefits for Your Organization

1) Streamlined Epic development and innovation across Epic workstations

2) Improved system performance through a modern, functional interface

3) Accelerated update timelines and reduced time to value

4) Enhanced communication and collaboration between Epic users

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How to Prepare for Your Epic Hyperdrive Transition

While some organizations have already begun the Hyperdrive transition, many other Epic Hyperspace clients will make the move in 2023, and Epic Systems recommends that users switch to the web-enabled version by the release in May 2023.

And, because many Epic workflows enabled through the current Epic Hyperspace client rely on web or desktop-based third-party applications to function properly, the transition from Hyperspace to Hyperdrive will require updated code and interface changes and a detailed conversion plan.

Here are a few things to consider when preparing your team for your upcoming Epic Hyperdrive project…

1) Outline a well-defined project plan

Whether you’re rolling out a new Epic Hyperdrive system across your entire organization or just a few specific departments, ensuring you have a plan for each phase of your rollout is crucial to your success.

Building a comprehensive implementation plan requires collaboration between your IT department and other departmental teams across the organization.

2) Stay up-to-date with system upgrades

Upgrading to Epic Hyperdrive introduces minimal changes to your user interface, which makes keeping up-to-date with updates throughout the system pretty simple for your project teams.

When system upgrades are released, your team will need to determine which tools, resources, and training materials are necessary to keep your Epic system running as optimally and efficiently as possible.

3) Navigate change management objectives

Before making the transition to a new Hyperdrive solution, your team should understand how to access the Hyperdrive client and how its core capabilities can impact their day-to-day operations.

It’s also important to outline your communications and learning content strategy, ensure end-user acknowledgment of the solution, and develop defined training materials to ensure all users are on the same page.

How Can We Help?

Whether you need help transitioning from Hyperspace to Hyperdrive, additional support navigating complex Epic system integrations, or an extra hand outlining the steps for your upcoming Hyperdrive project, Surety Systems is here to help.

Our team of senior-level Epic consultants has the technical skills, functional expertise, and real-world experience needed to lead you to success.

Your organization. Your priorities. Our expert advice. That’s the name of the game with us.

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