Parkview Epic go live update 3/6

Wow, spotted some legacy charts on the medical floor during our go live. Flashback to 1999 for me: I used to come to each nursing station and walk from nurse to nurse and ask ‘do you have Ms. Smiths’s chart? how about you? You? Anyone?

Then, finding the blue plastic chart, try to read the chicken scratch handwriting. Maybe ask colleagues if they can read this crucial word, or that crucial dose that is illegible. Then write my own illegible order and try to find a nurse to hand it to.

Even in our Epic-enabled hospitals, though, we still have a few remaining sheets of paper in vestigial charts: patient stickers, freshly obtained EKGS, other rare temporary paper that appear prior to scanning. But, no, the Lazy Susan rotating chart rack with 20 pound charts is on the way out.

Author: CT Lin

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

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