Wanted to get some fresh ideas from others on improving efficiency while using Epic. There are some users that go above and beyond to make their work a bit easier and would love their input. I believe I'm fairly proficient with Epic, but there's always more to learn. Here are my tips/tricks.
Purchase a high resolution monitor to decrease the amount of scrolling, clicking, etc. You're able to see more of Epic, instead of having things squeezed together. A 32" 2560 x 1440 is around $180, so not that expensive. I currently use a high resolution laptop and I'm able to have the medications, diagnoses, and progress note all on one screen.
Purchase a programmable mouse – Will allow you to have shortcut keys with the press of one button. For example, I have shortcut keys for things like Chief Complaint, Charting, Progress Notes, and some others. Makes it quicker than moving your mouse to get to that screen.
Create order panels – If there's a panel you typically order, let's say for a physical (CBC, CMP, TSH, VitD, etc.), you can lump them all together and make it a panel, which means one click to order all of them; you can do the same for routine medications you order for something like a UTI.
Scripting for Dragon users – I personally don't use it, but I know it's a pretty powerful software and you can create scripts that pretty much act like smartphrases, so instead of having to type it, you'd just say it, reduces the amount of times you have to go back to the keyboard.
Make use of the comment box for diagnoses – when you click on a diagnosis, there's a comment box where you can type any pertinent history, things like when stents were placed in and whatnot. Also cuts down on asking the patient every single visit. Some providers just rename the whole diagnosis to include the history, but you're more restricted in word count with that option.
Use the mobile Epic app (Haiku or Canto), useful for taking pictures of anything abnormal when examining patients and it gets uploaded to the chart + you can also pull it in your progress note. It also has a secure messaging system to chat with other providers.
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