#EPICUGM 2012 Offers Tantalizing Hints

This week Epic held its annual user group meeting (#UCG2012 or #EPICUCG), complete with a full-stage Journey tribute, Wayne and Garth and tantalizing promises of neat features to come.

Because we weren’t at the conference, we took a dive into the tweetstream to see what some of the highlights were.

A big crowd

Attendance at the event was enormous, even by the standards of jaded little me:

Funny business

The event kickoff included a tribute to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” presumably performed by Epic’s multitalented staffers. I liked the Wayne’s World kicker at the end, as did the audience, which seemed to do a lot of un-IT-like giggling.

Happy smiling people

If the tweets are any indication, a fair number of attendees found #UCG2012 to be something of a rush:

Fascinating factoids

Along the way, attendees did some of Epic’s PR on their own, tweeting such facts as:

And there was this interesting note on the relationship between advanced EMR deployment and being an Epic customer:

Features afoot

All of the enthusiasm was fine. I get it: Rah rah rah Yay Epic! But on to some meatier stuff. Apparently some interesting new features are on the way:



Sadly, though, on the subject of interoperability, no Original Thoughts seemed to be under discussion:

Maybe the whole “walled garden” thing will be fixed by, oh, UCG2020?

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Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.


  • I was recently introduced to MyChart. Looks nice, but it left me with questions. For instance, a patient I know has had lab tests – in house in her doctor’s hospital related practice. None of the results show up in MyChart even though there’s a place for it. There’s no way to make appointments (except an email request), prescription info seems incomplete.

    For what it does do it seems easy to use, though.

    As to EPIC Ambulatory, the doctor had a couple issues; way to many times getting in and out of screens to get things done, and ePrescribe was a pain for her. In particular, it let her prescribe an antibiotic that was not only not in formulary, it would have cost the patient about $600 for a week or 2 of doses. Not cool.

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