Cleveland Clinic makes its COVID-19 risk model available to all Epic EHR users

Healthcare organizations can present the clinically validated model to patients in Epic's MyChart to assess their risk of having COVID-19.


A COVID-19 risk prediction model designed by Cleveland Clinic researchers is now available to health systems around the world through Epic. Developed and tested using clinical data from more than 11,000 Cleveland Clinic patients, the model uses information from patients’ comprehensive health records combined with patient-entered information in Epic’s patient-facing app, MyChart, to show an individual’s likelihood of testing positive for COVID-19. Predicting positive COVID-19 tests could help direct limited healthcare resources, encourage those who are likely to have the virus to get tested, and tailor decision-making about care.

How does it work?

Patients complete a short self-assessment in MyChart, documenting information like symptoms they are experiencing and potential exposure to COVID-19. The model uses that information, as well as clinical and demographic data already in their electronic chart, to calculate their score. Patients with high risk for having COVID-19 are advised to receive a test, and their care team members can be automatically notified of a high-risk score.

Other healthcare providers around the country also have developed risk prediction models, which they can integrate with Epic. For organizations that want to use an existing model rather than developing their own, they can quickly turn on the model designed, developed, and tested-and now being shared-by Cleveland Clinic researchers.

Cleveland Clinic’s model was developed and validated using retrospective patient data from patients tested for COVID-19 at Cleveland Clinic locations in Northeast Ohio and Florida. Data scientists used statistical algorithms to transform data from patients’ electronic medical records into the first-of-its-kind risk-prediction model. All data collected was housed in a secure database.

On the record

“We have developed the first validated prediction model that can forecast an individual’s risk for testing positive with COVID-19 and then simplified this tool while retaining exceptional accuracy for easy adoption,” said Lara Jehi, M.D., Chief Research Information Officer at Cleveland Clinic. “We are excited to make this tool available to the 250 million patients around the world who have a record in Epic. The ability to accurately predict which patients are likely to test positive will be paramount in effectively managing a patient’s care as well as allocating our resources.”

“With MyChart, patients can now determine the likelihood that they have COVID-19 using a trustworthy, clinically validated calculator,” added Trevor Berceau, Director of MyChart R&D at Epic. “These risk scores are shared automatically with healthcare providers, who can then follow up with patients as needed. Cleveland Clinic’s model helps their patients, and they are sharing it with health systems throughout the global Epic community.”

The context

According to KLAS Research’s US Hospital EMR Market Share 2020 report, Epic’s EHR system is dominating the industry, having taken big customers from both Cerner and Allscripts in 2020. To date, Epic is the only vendor to have not lost a big organization to a competitor, and they have earned a reputation of consistent delivery of customer success.

And considering that it’s been used by many hospitals and health systems, Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 risk model that works on Epic’s platform could make a big impact in this pandemic.