In the coming months, patients whose healthcare providers use Epic’s software for their electronic health record information may notice some changes.

One might be including building a more comprehensive health record that includes information about a patient’s living environments, like housing and accessibility to food and social care services.

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner said during her yearly executive address on Tuesday, Aug. 28, during the company’s annual User Group Meeting that adding social situations to a patient’s electronic health records will help connect them to services to improve their lives.

The company is also striving to eliminate “silos” within their users with a new program called “Cosmos,” in which healthcare providers can share data with other Epic customers and use artificial intelligence to pick up on health patterns within populations.

– Kimberly Wethal