The EHR fights Hepatitis A outbreak!

From UChealth.org

https://www-uchealth-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.uchealth.org/today/hepatitis-a-outbreak-colorado/?amp

Always excited to see awesome work from smart, altruistic colleagues. Our own Kelly Bookman, Senior Medical Director, Emergency Department and physician informaticist, helped develop and deploy a Clinical Decision Support alert in our Electronic Health Record, in conjunction with Michelle Barron, infectious disease specialist and Infection Control director, among other analysts and experts.

With a major outbreak across the country, including the regions we serve at UCHealth, the team built an alert for Emergency department docs, scouring patient charts for those who are at increased risk for Hep A, and reminding docs to prescribe the vaccine during the course of their ER visit, regardless of original reason for the visit. This resulted in hundreds of additional vaccinations to protect our most vulnerable patients.

When patients can’t afford it, UCHealth covers the cost.

Finally, our team shared our design and code with other hospital systems in our region, to protect more patients.

CMIO’s take? THIS is what the EHR does well. I’m grateful to awesome colleagues, and hopeful about our future.

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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