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Special Update [SU]

Update package containing a critical fixes to the customer to patient safety, data integrity, or workflow issues.

Post Live Visit [PLV]

A series of Epic led on-site visits occurring one-, four-, and eight-month after go-live where an independent Epic implementation team reviews the status and use of the system by end users.


Phase of the Epic install where Epic analyst team provides redesigned workflow options for workflows found to be controversial during validation sessions. Workflows presented in this phase are catered to the unique needs of the organization.


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act passed by the U.S. Federal Government (1996) protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs, and requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers.The administrative simplification provisions of this act also address the security and privacy of health data. The standards are meant to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange in the U.S. health care system.

Patient Protection and Afforadable Care Act [PPACA, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act]

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, is a United States federal statute aimed at increasing the rate of health insurance coverage for Americans and reducing the overall costs of health care URL:

Accountable Care Organization [ACO]

An accountable care organization (ACO) is a healthcare organization characterized by a payment and care delivery model that seeks to tie provider reimbursements to quality metrics and reductions in the total cost of care for an assigned population of patients. A group of coordinated health care providers forms an ACO, which then provides care to a group of patients.

ARRA Act (2009) [ARRA]

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, commonly referred to as the Stimulus or The Recovery Act, was an economic stimulus package enacted by the U.S. Federal Government. The HITECH Act was a key part of the legislation.

HITECH Act (2009)

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical "HITECH" Act set meaningful use of interoperable EHR adoption in the health care system as a critical national goal and incentivized EHR adoption.


Series of dependent tasks that a project team is required to complete on the night of go-live. This process requires MUCH planning and coordination from ALL application teams. Considering having a single owner for this process to facilitate.

Application Coordinator [AC]

Epic analyst functioning as the main point of contact for a specific Epic application.

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