Epic is a commonly used electronic health record (EHR) in the United States, and the use of Epic Beaker has the potential to provide an enterprise-wide solution for the laboratory and hospital information systems.Epic Beaker Clinical Pathology (CP) (referred to as "Beaker CP" hereafter) is available as a separate module for users of the Epic EHR.
Conclusions: Beaker CP can serve as an effective LIS for an academic medical center.
Careful planning and preparation aid the transition to this LIS.
Keywords: Clinical chemistry, clinical laboratory information system, electronic health records, hematology, medical informatics, microbiology How to cite this article: Krasowski MD, Wilford JD, Howard W, Dane SK, Davis SR, Karandikar NJ, Blau JL, Ford BA.
Implementation of Epic Beaker Clinical Pathology at an academic medical center.
While some clinical laboratories have developed their own LISs, many laboratories utilize commercially available software.
Commercial LIS products vary in their capabilities.
Background: Epic Beaker Clinical Pathology (CP) is a relatively new laboratory information system (LIS) operating within the Epic suite of software applications.
To date, there have not been any publications describing implementation of Beaker CP.
Methods: Our analysis covers approximately 3 years of time (2 years preimplementation of Beaker CP and roughly 1 year after) using data summarized from pre- and post-implementation meetings, debriefings, and the closure document for the project.
Results: We summarize positive aspects of, and key factors leading to, a successful implementation of Beaker CP.
This posed a considerable challenge with microbiology orders from the operating rooms and required intensive interventions in the weeks following go-live.