About EPiC

Why use EPiC?

EPiC is a prescribing data tool that can be used to explore prescribing behaviours. EPiC allows prescribers to compare their own patient prescribing to all patients within their practice, and to the national data set. With EPiC Diabetes, all prescribers can view the data for any of their patients dispensed funded glucose-lowering medicines.   

Evaluating Prescribing to inform Care is EPiC!

Get a feel for EPiC by exploring our EPiC demo site. The EPiC demo looks exactly like the EPiC dashboard, except the data isn't personalised to you. You can use it to navigate EPiC's features, filters and layout. Viewing the EPiC demo is easy. Just click the link below, then click the 'sign in' button at the top right corner, and a demo user account will appear for you to view.

How does the EPiC dashboard work?

The EPiC dashboard uses up-to-date aggregated dispensed medicine data from the Pharmaceutical Collection to create an interactive, personalised dashboard. 

Once logged in, prescribers can explore prescribing trends for their own patient population, for patients within their practice, and nationally. The EPiC National dashboard can be used by anyone, including non-prescribers, and can be viewed without logging in to EPiC.

EPiC users can explore demographics and proportions of patients taking selected funded medicines. EPiC Diabetes focuses on diabetes prescribing, so users of EPiC can explore the data around patients dispensed funded glucose-lowering medicines. EPiC is an interactive tool, meaning that prescribers can apply filters to create data views specific to their needs. This allows for reflection of one’s own medicine management practices and comparison with colleagues. 

Data and privacy

Patient-level data are not provided in EPiC; all data are aggregated. All EPiC users need a verified login to protect both their privacy and our databases.

EPiC Diabetes is broken down into four main data stories: 

  1. Demographics – Patients who have been dispensed funded glucose-lowering medicines are grouped by their demographic profile (gender, age group, ethnic group and deprivation quintile).
  2. Current treatments – Patients are grouped by which funded glucose-lowering medicine they have been dispensed.
  3. Stepped treatments – Patients are grouped by the number of funded glucose-lowering medicines they have been dispensed. 
  4. Medicine supply - Patients are grouped by how many months they have been supplied a funded glucose-lowering medicine over a 12-month period.

EPiC tips

Tips are provided throughout EPiC on how to review healthcare with respect to prescribing for priority populations such as Māori and Pacific peoples, or those living in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation. 

EPiC Reflect

Sitting in the right column of your dashboard, EPiC Reflect poses key questions around your prescribing data and helps you to identify areas that could be targeted for intervention. You can claim CPD points for each set of EPiC Reflect questions you complete. You can find the questions here.

Why EPiC? Evaluating Prescribing to inform Care

“EPiC dashboards have been designed to support several of the key recommendations outlined by MCNZ and Te ORA in their Cultural Safety Baseline Data Report (Sept 2020). Our team has used robust ethnicity data to allow clinicians and others working within the primary care system to monitor equity in their workplaces. We also prompt our users to reflect on their behaviour with respect to care associated with medicine treatment, helping them become more culturally safe.”

Dr Alesha Smith, EPiC developer.

EPiC Diabetes User Guide

This user guide video will take you through EPiC Diabetes. For more information regarding our data, please read our data methodology, specific data stories and data FAQ documents below. 

Data Methodology

Specific Data Stories

Data FAQs

Get a feel for the EPiC dashboard by exploring our EPiC demo. The EPiC demo looks exactly like the EPiC dashboard, except the data isn't personalised to you. You can use it to navigate EPiC's features, filters and layout. Using the EPiC demo is easy, you don't even need a log in.

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