Leading Change , MHC Updates

Perioperative Handovers Take Center Stage at 2022 Epic UGM Meeting

August 26, 2022

Philip Greilich MD and Gina Whitney MD

UT Southwestern and University of Colorado

It was Standing Room Only at the Perioperative Handover session at the 2022 Epic User Group Meeting (UGM) in Verona, Wisconsin this week.  Trent Bryson MD (UT Southwestern) and James Thomas MD (Children’s Hospital Colorado) presented work on electronic handoffs to a packed house.  Clearly, this is an area on which many institutions continue to focus.

Dr. Bryson focused his discussion on the collaboration between members of the Perioperative Multicenter Handoff Collaborative and Epic to develop a structured intraoperative handoff tool.  Dr. Thomas described the development and deployment of an OR-to-PACU handoff tool that leverages the functionality of Epic’s Haiku on the clinician’s mobile device.  This format eliminates the need to locate a computer to hand over care in the post-anesthesia care unit. For those who would like to get involved in the MHC – Epic collaboration work, email [email protected] to be included moving forward. 

A description of the collaborative effort between MHC and an EMR vendor is described in more detail in this publication:  Hong Mershon B, Vannucci A, Bryson T, Lin F, Greilich PE, Dear G, Guffey P, Agarwala A. A Collaborative Partnership between the Multicenter Handoff Collaborative and an Electronic Health Record Vendor. Appl Clin Inform. 2021 May;12(3):647-654. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-1731714. Epub 2021 Jul 28. PMID: 34320682