Home healthcare solutions offer the flexibility and innovation needed to facilitate better care management for patients and empower them to take control of their own experience, regain their independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.
Read on to learn more about Epic Dorothy, as well as where our consultants can fit in your organization.
What is Home Health Care?
Home health care consists of a variety of different healthcare services that can be completed in a home health setting to monitor patients, manage unstable health statuses, maintain current levels of function, help patients become as self-sufficient as possible, and more.
Here are a few key responsibilities of home health staff while in the patient’s home…
- Check blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and respiratory rate.
- Monitor prescriptions and ensure patients are taking medications correctly and on-time.
- Teach patients about their medications, treatments, and overall care.
- Employ analytical skills to leverage Epic technology in the most efficient way possible and make the best care decisions for patients.
- Manage sleep, nutrition, hydration, and pain for patients.
- Coordinate and communicate care decisions between physicians, nurses, and patients.
What is Epic Dorothy?
EpicCare Home Health (also known as Epic Dorothy) is the Epic module designed for use in a home health setting. This module allows visiting caregivers, including nurses, nurse aids, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, to manage, maintain, and document care in a patient’s home. Dorothy helps facilitate information, document, and care management processes even when care providers serve patients in their own homes.
As part of Epic Systems, the Dorothy module comes with pre-built integrations with other Epic modules and applications, providing access to a patient’s complete medical record and simplifying continuous care plans and home care assessments. And, since this module is integrated with Epic’s clinical information system (CIS), healthcare organizations can offer better, more coordinated care for patients and manage patient records, care plans, assessments, and documents more efficiently.
With the EpicCare Home Health module, users can create a unified patient story across all modules and applications, bridge the continuum of care, and improve the coordination and quality of care for patients.
Who Uses the Epic Home Health Module?
Epic Dorothy is used by both physicians in physical healthcare organizations and facilities and visiting home health caregivers to complete tasks, document care, and improve process efficiency across the board.
Let’t take a closer look at how each group leverages the software…
For Home Health Staff
The Epic Dorothy module allows home health staff to document care directly within the patient’s home, making it easier to monitor medication administration, keep track of patient progress, and empower them to be able to take care of themselves in the future.
With the ability to administer and document patient care decisions at the point of care, home health staff can not only complete tasks at the source to improve process efficiency, but they can also reduce the risk for errors within their clinical data and care documentation.
EpicCare Home Health offers a “remote client” solution that allows clinicians to install Epic software on their laptop to be able to document care and manage clinical tasks in areas in which they may not have secure internet connection.
When they regain connectivity to their organization’s network, clinicians are able to sync updates so their documentation is uploaded and integrated into their enterprise-wide clinical software, improving both the quality and efficiency of care throughout all areas of the organization.
Integration with Other Applications
Epic Dorothy is built on Epic’s main servers, meaning that it works in conjunction with all other interconnected Epic modules and syncs important patient data or documentation from the point of care to other areas of Epic software if needed.
Whether you need to connect important test results from the hospital lab or Beaker, Epic’s internal laboratory system, to a patient’s medical record to ensure proper medication administration, integrate Epic’s internal infection control module to a patient’s chart to create proper care plans, or anything in between, Epic’s pre-built integrations simplify this process for your team.
How Can We Help?
Whether you need help implementing new Epic modules to consolidate business requirements, managing care plans for admitted patients or those in a home healthcare setting, monitoring the integrity and security of the patient data in your data warehouse, or anything else Epic-related, Surety Systems is here to help.
Your technology. Your priorities. Our expertise. That’s the name of the game with us.
Getting Started with Us
Our team of senior-level Epic consultants has the technical skills, functional expertise, and real-world experience needed to lead you to success, regardless of the size, scale, or scope of your organization or project needs.
And, to give you a better idea of what to expect when partnering with our consultants, we’ve included a snapshot of one of our Epic Dorothy consultants…
Surety Senior Epic Dorothy Consultant
- 10 years of Epic Analyst and Project Manager experience
- Certified Analyst in Ambulatory, Proficient in Epic Security and Link
- Experience Managing Epic Teams across multiple modules: Epicare, Ambulatory, Beacon, Healthy Planet, Dorothy/Comfort, Bones, Link, and Phoenix
- Scope, Build, Test and Install experience for Epic Upgrades and Installations
- Multiple Go-Lives completed from start to finish
Interested in learning more about our Epic consulting services? Ready to get started on a project with our Epic project managers and module-specific consultants?
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