It is a common perception on campus that "Epic is closed and doesn't want to talk to outside systems."
While there is a kernel of truth in this observation, Epic actually has several standard, robust Web services--and additional customized ones written by our APEX developers--through its interconnect API. After undergoing appropriate security review, YOUR application idea can connect to UCSF's electronic health record in a way that lets it read the patient roster, the treatment and care teams, and even vital signs and some lab values. This data can be used for everything from syncing lists to creating a "second skin" over Epic for specific clinical leads like a nephrology clinic or endoscopy suite.
In that spirit, we are proposing an APEX HACKATHON. Bring your developer friends, come prepared to write code, or just come with a great idea about what you could do with access to certain parts of the EHR IN REAL TIME. Want to see a beautiful graph of medication burden for your clinic panel? Want to track and plot your patients' immunosuppressant levels X days out from transplant, and build in logic for when a level is or isn't therapeutic? No idea is too hare-brained. Spend 24 hours writing code and building an application that connects to one of the practice, non-PHI environments in teams, getting practice for when/if you want to do the real thing.
At the end of the Hackathon, participants will submit their developed ideas for demonstration and the best idea will win a cash prize and the opportunity to develop the idea further in the UCSF environment. Any code developed at the Hackathon is owned by the developers.
The Hackathon will be great for advancing the digital health space for DOM, not least by building partnerships with developers and within our own institution, and for giving our incredibly smart community a taste of what can be achieved with what Epic already allows.
If the DOM funds this proposal as part of the IT challenge, we'd use the money to plan and put on the event, including giving out prizes.
Thanks for liking and commenting on our proposal!
Raman Khanna, MD
Aaron Neinstein, MD
Priyanka Agarwal, MD
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