Cloaked in red velvet with gold flourishes and wearing a pointy hat and pointy shoes, Judy Faulkner took the stage in front of thousands at Epic's users group meeting on Tuesday, where she and her staff showed off improvements to the patient portal, data analysis and interoperability, and electronic health record voice assistant integration.
Harnessing their "World of Wizards" theme, the Epic CEO and many others took the stage in wizard regalia to tout the importance of a better EHR experience for both patients and providers.
Epic says it's improving its portal in part via cognitive computing, which the company will use in its 2018 release to help providers find trends and patterns. They might identify patients' opioid-abuse risk, for instance, or plan staffing by analyzing hospital flow.
Other improvements will come from bringing new sources of data to the EHR.