The Electronic Pharmacist Information
Consultant (EPIC) is a unique pharmacy consulting service offered
exclusively by Pharma-Care, Inc. EPIC provides a comprehensive
medication review of a resident or patient within 48 business hours.
The EPIC service allows
physicians, nurses, and health care staff to quickly receive
critical information, individually tailored to a resident's
circumstances. With early detection and notification, appropriate
changes in a resident's medication regimen can be implemented in
order to avoid the risks of adverse drug interactions and
potentially dangerous side effects.
EPIC is a proactive service that promotes positive outcomes for
residents and facilities.
Using EPIC for new & current
residents in long term care facilities
New admissions to a long term care facility often enter
after a hospital stay during which they may have been put on a
number of new medications. At this most critical stage in their
care, the health care staff may have to wait up to 30 days for the
next scheduled visit by their pharmacy consultant for a review of
the new resident's medication regimen. This wait puts the resident
at risk for complications and possible hospitalization. Using EPIC
hastens the medication review process by providing a complete and
thorough assessment of a new admission.
In addition to improving the outcome for new residents, EPIC can
be implemented for current residents placed on a new medication
regimen or can help identify current residents who may be at risk
Using EPIC in other healthcare settings
EPIC use is not limited to long term care facilities. Medication
review can be a valuable tool and is available to any environment
where assessing medications can impact upon well-being. Such
environments include assisted living facilities, transitional care
units, medical day care, and group homes.
Implementing the EPIC service
EPIC is simple to implement. The requesting facility needs only to:
- Fax specific patient information to the EPIC administrator at
- The EPIC administrator promptly conducts a thorough medication
review and assessment.
- Within 48 business hours, the administrator faxes back a comprehensive
written report for medical and nursing staff review and suggests
appropriate interventions based upon the information provided.
Using EPIC is cost-effective
According to a 2001 study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality, adverse drug events increase the length of hospitalization
by an average of 8 to 12 days and can add $16,000 to $24,000 in
hospital costs. It also suggests that a significant number of
adverse drug reactions can be prevented through the use of
computerized monitoring systems. At just a few dollars per review,
EPIC's fees are outweighed by the cost of redressing the
complications from medication mismanagement, not to mention the loss
of revenue for facilities.
EPIC reviews are available to non-client facilities as well as
Pharma-Care, Inc. clients. EPIC reviews help fulfill JCAHO criteria
and State of New Jersey Advisory Pharmacy Regulations.
But most importantly, EPIC can make the difference in the quality
of care you deliver.