Columbia University Medical Center

Leadership Seeks Faculty Questions, Feedback on Columbia’s New Epic Website

The home screen of Columbia’s new Epic website at ww.epic.cumc.columbia.edu.

The faculty practice launched a new website to support Columbia’s Epic migration project, which was announced in a Jan. 11 letter from president George A. “Jack” Cioffi, MD and chief medical information officer Timothy J. Crimmins, MD, RPVI. Drs. Cioffi and Crimmins now seek the help of the faculty to round out the site’s growing Frequently Asked Questions section by using the “Ask a Question” feature.

Dr. Cioffi said the faculty practice intends to be as inclusive about the migration process as possible. “We aim to be transparent and encourage the faculty to reach out with questions as they arise.” To request direct feedback, those with questions can provide their UNI, or they may opt to remain anonymous.

“We will answer everyone’s questions, even the tough ones,” Dr. Crimmins said. The CMIO’s office will develop timely responses to inbound questions and will add new questions and answers to the Frequently Asked Questions section on a regular basis.

The site is intended to serve as a central repository for Columbia-specific information for the duration of the project and serves as a virtual point of outreach by the faculty practice, to supplement the in-person efforts already under way by the FPO. “It’s our aim to continue to foster two-way communication through this website and in other venues, as we have done with our colleagues in Columbia’s clinical departments, and with our partners at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine,” Dr. Crimmins said.

“The website will support the direct outreach we are conducting with departments, and the many means by which we are now connecting to leadership, clinicians, administrators, and staff,” Dr. Crimmins said. “We began expanding the site the day after it launched, and will continue to do so on an ongoing basis.”

Other key features of the site include overviews of the project’s scope, with an outline on teams and governance, a timeline, a regularly updated news section to aggregate related content about the project, as well as jobs that are available.

The tripartite Epic migration project is also represented by a website representing NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia, and Weill Cornell Medicine. The tripartite project has been named “Epic Together” by the three entities.