What is a MMOLC, and how is it solving Info Blocking?

The national discussion on Info Blocking / Sharing is resulting in rapid improvement. MMOLC helps a great deal!

What is a MMOLC? Read to the end.

Being part of the Epic userweb community of health systems and also the SmartServ list serve of Epic-using academic health systems is a privilege. There are lots of smart people doing and sharing important work regarding Information Blocking / Information Sharing. See previous blog posts.

Some things are becoming clearer: how to write brief, useful Executive Summaries on 1 page. How to improve the clarity of explanations. What positions to take regarding the INFO BLOCKING federal rule, given the lack of clear definitions in the 1200 page rule (!)

In our grid above, we have added a few new categories (Progress notes: Sensitive/Legal, and Progress notes: Behavioral Health).

I’m attaching the current versions of our working documents that we are broadcasting and discussing at our leadership meetings throughout UCHealth:

Updated INFO SHARING documents

  1. INFO BLOCKING executive summary with Release Grid
  2. How To Write an Open Note (with more and updated examples)
  3. This great editorial in the Annals of Int. Med by Dr. Heather Gantzer (thank you)
  4. This great online explanation by Dr. Brian Vartebedian
  5. An upcoming Office Hours with Steve O’Neill re: Open Notes in Mental Health

Feel free to use these documents to move the conversation at your organization forward. Although this is massive culture change for our providers and clinical staff, this is welcomed by our patients. And it is the right thing to do.

CMIO’s take?

I am grateful to all the brilliant colleagues in our online community. Hmm. Like an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) that my kids play (Minecraft, Rocket League), we have a MMOLC (Massively Multiclinician Online Learning Community). That is our superpower. Thank you.

Author: CT Lin

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

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