Epic EHR app lets Washington residents self-perform COVID-19 screenings

Epic and health IT innovation nonprofit OCHIN developed a mobile app for the Washington State Health Care Authority that allows providers, volunteers and patients to self-perform COVID-19 screenings and check in to local emergency care sites. 

Volunteers can use the app to help healthcare providers triage and care for patients when resources begin to run out. State public health epidemiologists are also able to monitor the system's incoming data to track COVID-19 trends by county and direct patient follow-up. 

The app, which is also being shared with other states, works with Epic's Care Everywhere interoperability network and allows patients who are screened and assessed for COVID-19 to link their results to their medical records. 

"A retired nurse, or any other volunteer or staff, with her own smartphone can be up and running in minutes," Epic founder and CEO Judy Faulkner said. "This allows states, counties, and health systems to increase capacity quickly, which will be helpful especially in hard hit and underserved communities." 

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