In the world of ideas, well-written posts speak loudly. I have struggled to put coherent words together, and to post regularly enough to establish a voice. Those of you who have read and commented and “liked”, thank you. Both of you.
However, I have a sister. Michelle (@M_Lin) is an academic Emergency Department physician at UCSF-SF General Hospital, and runs an award-winning, million-follower medical website, called ALiEM (www.aliem.com). At least one colleague has quipped: “Michelle is your SISTER!? Wow, she must be the smart one in your family.”
So be it. Kudos to the smart one. Her most recent article celebrates the brand new partnership between ALiEM, representing the new digital frontier of healthcare, with a well-established brand in medical literature, the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. Congratulations, sis!
UCHealth is excited to be the first in the state of Colorado to offer Open Notes to all 1.5 million patients in our system (as of May 2016). Open notes are now available across the spectrum of care, including outpatient clinics and emergency department notes to hospital discharge summaries. We believe that information transparency is crucial; an informed and engaged patient is a healthier patient.
Or, in Haiku form: Not sure what Doc said? Why hide medical advice? Open Notes are here.
I’m grateful to work with lots of smart people. One of them is Zuzanna Czernik, who is first author on a paper recently published in JAMA. She notes the current despair about how Electronic Health Records (EHRs) take us away from the bedside of the patient. Her surprising investigation reveals that research studies, over the past 60 years, consistently state “residents spend surprisingly little time at the bedside.” I enjoyed co-authoring paper, and helping to find a light at the end of this tunnel.
Hello world! Inspired by others (Tosha Kowalski, John Halamka, my famous sister Michelle Lin), I’m taking my first stab at a public blog with musings about Electronic Health Records, Patient Portals, information transparency, life as a CMIO, organizational change, psychology of individuals and organizations, communications strategies, science fiction, little black books, saving the planet, and anything else I find cool or interesting. Navel-gazing in short. I promise to keep it short. Hope you drop in from time to time. CT Lin MD