Epic Update – Pre Feb 21 Update

Next Epic Update – Feb. 21
Update Companions Available – Jan. 29

The next Epic Update is Sunday, Feb. 21, and includes new features and enhancements. Starting Friday, Jan. 29, you can review and acknowledge your Update Companion to find out how the update impacts your role.  

Here’s a highlight of some of the improvements coming your way.

Chart Review changes include more outside encounters bookmarks and comments for a broader view of your patient’s care.

• Within Secure Chat it will be easier for you to quickly see if another clinical care team member is busy or unavailable.

• The MAR is getting a new look to help you document faster.

• Providers can use Hey Epic! to queue up outpatient orders for medications and procedures.

Next Scheduled Epic Downtime

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2-4 a.m.

New Hire Nurses

All Epic training is taking place remotely, either through live, instructor-led WebEx courses or self-paced online courses. At this time, live WebEx courses continue on the same dates and times as scheduled in LMS.

We are now offering a two-part training program to better serve our new nurses. The first session consists of an online, self-paced learning and the second is an instructor-led WebEx.

 Agency/Travel/Flex Nurses

During clinical orientation, onsite clinical educators assign one of the following online trainings to agency, travel and flex nurses, who will receive an email from LMS with login information.

Floating Nurses with or without Epic Experience

For HM floating nurses, specific courses are required based on your role, the role you are floating to and whether you have Epic experience. For more information on role-based courses, click here.

Nurses that are new hires but have previous Epic experience may qualify to take the accelerated online course. Click for further details. To qualify to take the accelerated online course only, nurses must have:

  • Two years of previous experience using Epic.

  • Actively worked in Epic within the last year.


ED Nurses can take the following accelerated courses online:


For questions, contact epictraining@houstonmethodist.org.


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