Have you wondered to yourself as you peruse job listings for Epic Willow positions for pharmacists… “Why is Epic Pharmacy Called Willow?” Well, one day in the midst of boredom, I asked myself this.
Having been in the world of Epic for quite a while now, I have just always assumed that it had to do with the quirky uniqueness that is Epic because a number of their other modules also have what seem to be offbeat names. There’s Beacon, Cupid, Kaleidoscope, Stork, Phoenix, ASAP, Grand Central, and the list goes on.
Some module names make perfect sense like ClinDoc and Anesthesia, and Nurse Triage. But for those modules where Epic went “rogue”, they kinda make you go “hmmm…”
Well wonder no more. I’ve cracked the case! Cracked the case for the Epic Willow module at least.
Think back to your days of pharmacology in pharmacy school. Remember all the medications we learned about that had their roots (get it…? Their “roots”) in plants?
- Digoxin – from foxglove
- Caffeine – from kola nuts
- Morphine and codeine – from the opium poppy
- Quinine – from the cinchona calisaya tree
- Penicillin – from mold
- Paclitaxel – from the bark of the pacific yew
- Vincristine and Vinblastine – from the bark of the Madagascan periwinkle plant
I think you get where this is going.
And the big reveal…
Aspirin from the bark of the willow tree!
Naturally then, one could make the point that the Epic pharmacy module could very well have also been called Epic Foxglove or even Epic Kola… (okay, maybe not Epic Kola).
All that to say, mystery solved. Now you know what I know with regard to why the Epic pharmacy module is called Willow 🙂
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