NHRMC Medical Library Serves as Model for Successful Epic Integration

June 25, 2018
Visiting Librarian
NHRMC was chosen as an educational stop for Erica Lake, Associate Director of the Consumer Health Library at University of Utah Hospital. Lake and her team are in the process of planning ways to integrate her library’s electronic books, journals and databases into EPIC. After receiving a travel fellowship from the Medical Library Association, she chose three hospitals to visit that have integrated their library’s electronic resources into Epic: New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the University of Virginia Health System University Hospital.
Lake’s interest in visiting NHRMC sparked when she read papers by and heard Donna Flake and Allison Matthews speak on integrating library resources into EPIC.  NHRMC was one of the first hospital libraries to have its resources available within the electronic medical record. Lake’s goal was to learn about our process developing and using the system as a resource for patients and medical staff.
During her time here, Lake spoke with many within NHRMC’s IT department, including John Tuman, Heather Thornton, Bob Pietrzkowski, Nicole Sutton, and Celeste Stevens.  Lake needed to distinguish the similarities between our system and the system that her team is hoping to implement. 
“Overall my trip to NHRMC was a great success. I am excited to take the information I learned on my fellowship back to my team in Utah,” said Lake. “Typically there is a lot of frustration for librarians in dealing with other departments for support. NHRMC could not be more opposite. The support from all departments on this project is evident.”
NHRMC is proud to be selected as a leader in the library resources we offer to patients and medical staff. “It is a true testament to our hard work that Erica chose to visit us on her fellowship. It’s an honor to be recognized for our national reputation,” said Donna Flake.