Interview with Becker’s Hospital Review (CT Lin on the CMIO role)


Thanks to Becker’s for interviewing me and posting our conversation:

Some back story for my role as CMIO: I began as the “chief complainer” back in 1998 or so… It has been a long journey over the past 20 years. I used to think “informatics” was about designing computer screens and the colors and placement of buttons, and the selection of features. Now, I realize “informatics” is about effective human connections, developing skilled multidisciplinary teams, and nudging colleagues to do their best work in the common interest of the organization. Much more vague, but SO rewarding when it works.

CMIO’s take? This is the core of our job: “We improve physician and team wellness and effectiveness by building extraordinary relationships and innovative tools.”

Dept of Medicine Innovation talk (video) on EHR Sprints

I play a doctor in this blog, and sometimes in real life.

Recently I gave a talk for the Department of Medicine Innovation and Research seminars at the Anschutz Medical Campus for University of Colorado’s School of Medicine. I spoke about one of my favorite topics, some of which I have discussed in these blog pages: Reducing the EHR burden and improving physician burnout with EHR Sprints.

CMIO’s take: what is YOUR organization doing to address physician burnout? Something similar? Let me know!

Book review: Born a Crime, Trevor Noah


Trevor is someone I only know from his hosting the Daily Show on Comedy Central. He is hilarious, insightful and holds up an incisive mirror to America by being from another culture, by being from South Africa. Now he brings us along through his hilarious and also terrible childhood and growth into adulthood.

One memory of his childhood stands out: a childhood friend named Hitler (long story) ends up in a DJ and dance contest. It is important to note that the education of blacks in South Africa about the Holocaust has been limited, at best. Also, blacks are required to have an English name in addition to a name in their native tongue (of which there are apparently dozens). As they’re taught history, “Hitler” and “Mussolini” are names of folks, who, apparently are “strong” and “fearsome” but whose names do not carry any further cultural significance. SO, why NOT name your kid “Hitler?” Trevor and his friend end up as a hip hop DJ and dance act with local color at a celebration in a Jewish community center. The chapter titled: “Go Hitler!” is even more hilarious and mortifying than you can imagine. Can that boy tell a story!

I am grateful for the journey and his inviting us along into his home, his fears, his joys, his schemes, his failures; his successes. It is a roller coaster. It is as if de Tocqueville, who commented on American life as a British outsider in the 1800’s was funnier and lived in the modern era. Finally, the voices that Trevor uses to evoke his grandmother, his mother, his best friends, and all the many languages he spoke in Soith Africa… they are indescribable. Don’t read this book. Listen to Trevor tell it like he’s telling a Daily show story, except it is Real Life and he survived it.

CMIO’s take? Audible names this among the top 100 audio books of all time. I agree.