Informatics

Here are my posts on Informatics and EHR (electronic health records).

Project Joy and reducing the EHR burden for nurses

By CT Lin | March 14, 2022

Congratulations to our own Bonnie Adrian, PhD, with amazing work to reduce the nurse EHR burden. The article highlights the improvements we made in Project Joy.

Parkview Epic go live 3/10. A panoply of ukulele parody songs?

By CT Lin | March 10, 2022

Funny how after the hard work, the long planning hours, the anxiety about building a robust system for colleagues to use to care for patients, it boils down to this. At least in my world. Recounting our go lives, in our 12-hospital pluse 4-affiliate-hospital system on our Epic EHR instance, this is my 8th hospital … Continue reading “Parkview Epic go live 3/10. A panoply of ukulele parody songs?”

Parkview Epic go live 3/9: Monkey Brains, a Haiku, and Physician Technology Adoption

By CT Lin | March 9, 2022

Day 4 End of day 4 of and EHR go live. Are we getting punchy? No, this is a real sushi roll from a real restaurant here in Pueblo. How can we not order Monkey Brains from the menu? A pretty good day overall. Our physician informatics team is doing the rounds on 6 floors … Continue reading “Parkview Epic go live 3/9: Monkey Brains, a Haiku, and Physician Technology Adoption”

Parkview Epic go live 3/8

By CT Lin | March 8, 2022

Lots of technology are embedded in hospitals. Here are some used rechargeable batteries for telemetry monitors. Parkview also has robotic assistants, as seen in posters in elevators. We are working on solutions for badge tappers that speed up login into the EHR, as well as Dragon microphones for capturing provider speech into the crucial narratives … Continue reading “Parkview Epic go live 3/8”

Parkview Epic go live 3/7 #2. The Slopper!

By CT Lin | March 7, 2022

Our physician informatics go live team, after a day of supporting a 350 bed hospital and dozens of clinics on a new EHR. We are still smiling! The alcohol helps. So does the telling of tall tales. And so does the Slopper. Apparently the signature food of Pueblo, and we are at the dive bar … Continue reading “Parkview Epic go live 3/7 #2. The Slopper!”

Parkview Epic go live 3/7

By CT Lin | March 7, 2022

Parkview is joining our UChealth Epic EHR patient portal where we are sharing patient test results including lab results, radiology studies and pathology results as well as progress notes, H/P’s, discharge summaries, all of it. For some docs this will be a significant culture change. At UCHealth we have been delivering on these immediate settings … Continue reading “Parkview Epic go live 3/7”

Parkview Epic go live 3/6 pm. The helpful hardware man.

By CT Lin | March 6, 2022

Walking the hospital, it is easy to see the Epic helpers: we are wearing red shirts, red lanyards, red vests (mine makes me look like the that old advertisement: ‘ACE is the place with the helpful hardware man!’). Our command center, with 100% vaccinated uchealth team, is unmasked in non clinical areas, per our state … Continue reading “Parkview Epic go live 3/6 pm. The helpful hardware man.”

Parkview Epic go live update 3/6

By CT Lin | March 6, 2022

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 … Continue reading “Parkview Epic go live update 3/6”

Parkview Epic go live #4

By CT Lin | March 5, 2022

Walking the skybridge from the medical office building and parking garage to the main hospital. Dr. Caldwell, the hospital’s Epic champion, and also anesthesiologist and also a Specialist training Specialists. Much as I originally doubted the idea that we could effectively get busy practicing docs to decrement their busy clinical schedules and not only learn … Continue reading “Parkview Epic go live #4”

Parkview Epic Go-Live #3

By CT Lin | March 5, 2022

Breakfast of champions. Banana, yogurt, OJ, some sliced bread. Back to the wards for more bedside support! Saturdays are a great go-live day since there are few surgeries and endoscopies. ICU, med-surg floors and OB floor is active as usual. Weekend rounding allows docs to come if a little layers, so early morning is quieter … Continue reading “Parkview Epic Go-Live #3”

Parkview Epic go live #2

By CT Lin | March 5, 2022

At a 4am go live on a Saturday morning, the places to find the busiest docs and providers will be the Emergency department (51 hospital admissions last night) and the Labor and Delivery floor: babies wait for no one. We helped an OB place post delivery admission orders. It works! Beautiful art throughout the hospital. … Continue reading “Parkview Epic go live #2”

Parkview Health System 4am Epic Go Live!

By CT Lin | March 5, 2022

Our new Parkview Health system affiliate is live TODAY 4am for Epic go live. we will live blog, as possible. Follow along! Live actually at 430. Delayed due to an additional 51 patients admitted overnight and having to enter current med orders just before flipping the switch. Whew! We are up! 3500 steps and and … Continue reading “Parkview Health System 4am Epic Go Live!”

Epic EHR webinar with UCHealth: Inbasket Re-invention: did we really delete 12 million messages?

By CT Lin | March 2, 2022

Yes. Yes, we did.

The Pandemic, the Patient Portal and a Pachyderm: 2 years later @uchealth

By CT Lin | February 23, 2022

How do you fit a curve to your theories? Come along as CT tries to convince you that he’s right…

Sepsis, Machine Learning and the Centaur (my SMILE conference talk)

By CT Lin | January 12, 2022

Find out: What is a centaur and what does it have to do with healthcare? What are the criteria for a good machine learning project? What is the role of a virtual health center with predictive models? And most importantly: What ukulele song goes with machine learning?

Information Transparency with patients (Open Notes, Financial estimates) @UCHealth (EpicShare news)

By CT Lin | January 5, 2022

“…at the end of the year, you will know exactly how bad an idea this was”
-physician naysayer

Is the EHR Inbasket a Hyperobject? And what are you going to do about it?

By CT Lin | December 1, 2021

Inbasket Hyperobject: hard to grasp, even harder to cut down in size.

The pandemic, patient messages and phone calls: Octopus or Starfish?

By CT Lin | October 25, 2021

Here we are 19+ months into the pandemic. Time to look at our (unvalidated) trends within our 12 hospital, 1000 clinic health system in Colorado. Top (blue) line indicates outpatient visit volume monthly from Sept 2019 through Sept 2021. Over 2 years, we saw that dramatic dip in volume in March. That was followed by … Continue reading “The pandemic, patient messages and phone calls: Octopus or Starfish?”

Apple (and UCHealth) in Healthcare

By CT Lin | October 19, 2021

Mass Vaccines, Epic, Apple, 5G, UCHealth. Sometimes it all comes together.

Predictive Algorithms Save Lives Sepsis @uchealth: A 5-slide talk

By CT Lin | October 6, 2021

This data dilettante (see previous posts: dilettante #1, dilettante #2) has enjoyed armchair theorizing with all of you, my best (online) friends. Today we explore how our super-smart team scrambled our way to improving sepsis care with a predictive algorithm we built. The old saying goes: the success of any major project in a large … Continue reading “Predictive Algorithms Save Lives Sepsis @uchealth: A 5-slide talk”

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