Informatics

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

EHR Sprint team: work hard, persevere, sometimes you get to build a dream team

By CT Lin | August 30, 2017

Our outstanding EHR Sprint team recently got written up by our local news for the great work they do supporting UCHealth clinics using the EPIC EHR. The team is led by project manager Christine Gonzalez (sixth from left), and physician informaticists Katie Markley (third from right) and Amber Sieja (on right). Also pictured from left … Continue reading “EHR Sprint team: work hard, persevere, sometimes you get to build a dream team”

Keep your eyes on your goal, not your obstacle

By CT Lin | August 23, 2017

Post-call Some years ago, I was a post-call intern at UC Davis Medical Center. I had been up for about 30 hours in a row, but was hoping to get out for a quick bike ride on the American River bike trail in downtown Sacramento, near where I lived. I called up a fellow intern, … Continue reading “Keep your eyes on your goal, not your obstacle”

Patient Engagement HIT article on patient access to Medical Records

By CT Lin | August 11, 2017

Thanks for a great write up from Patient Engagement HIT, on the important topic of the Pros and Cons of Digital Patient Health IT access. It is hard work, an uphill climb, a Sisyphean task for those who promote cultural change in physicians, clinics and hospitals, but worth it in the end. “Do you want … Continue reading “Patient Engagement HIT article on patient access to Medical Records”

Sprinting draft

By CT Lin | June 29, 2017

The CMIO role will evolve as health systems’ needs (HealthcareDIVE)

By CT Lin | April 7, 2017

Image courtesy of HealthcareDIVE Thanks to Meg Bryant from HealthcareDIVE for a nice article about the evolving role of the CMIO. My quote: “If implementing an EHR was constructing the basement of the house, we now have demands on building the first, second and third floors,” he says. “How do we innovate to reduce costs, … Continue reading “The CMIO role will evolve as health systems’ needs (HealthcareDIVE)”

Successful Implementation of APSO Notes Across a Major Health System (AJMC publication)

By CT Lin | March 16, 2017

Congratulations to colleague Amber Sieja MD on her first-author publication of our work on improving EHR (electronic health record) usability by reconfiguring traditional SOAP notes into APSO notes, and then deploying it across an entire health system, AND THEN measuring the outcomes. As always, a pleasure to work with smart people who can turn their … Continue reading “Successful Implementation of APSO Notes Across a Major Health System (AJMC publication)”

Patients come second (so that everyone does better)! Addressing Physician Burnout

By CT Lin | March 15, 2017

Our Physician Informatics Group (PIGs) has a book club. We read a book every couple months, and a recent book we read together was Patients Come Second. It is a provocatively titled book, but also timely, in the setting of physician burnout in our country. There are lots of goals we have in Informatics. We … Continue reading “Patients come second (so that everyone does better)! Addressing Physician Burnout”

Wall Street Journal: How to get patients to take more control of their medical decisions (news)

By CT Lin | February 28, 2017

At UCHealth, based in Aurora, Colo., as soon as a doctor finishes signing a note, it is available to patients in their electronic record, according to CT Lin, chief medical information officer. Doctors are encouraged to use language such as “you and I have agreed that you will take these actions,” Dr. Lin says. Bella Wong, 39, … Continue reading “Wall Street Journal: How to get patients to take more control of their medical decisions (news)”

Epic Sprint! Or, how we learned to love the EHR (part 1)

By CT Lin | February 6, 2017

Ok, so maybe that’s a little overstated, but it got your attention. And maybe Dr. Strangelove seems too apt a reference for our times. In the past few months, our fantastic Epic informatics physicians partnered with our EHR analysts and developed a new way to improve the circumstances of our physicians using the Epic EHR. … Continue reading “Epic Sprint! Or, how we learned to love the EHR (part 1)”

Arguing For Patient Data Access Amidst Provider Pushback (news article)

By CT Lin | January 27, 2017

Arguing For Patient Data Access Amidst Provider Pushback Sara Heath January 23, 2017 – When OpenNotes came onto the healthcare scene in 2011, it introduced the fairly innovative concept of allowing patients to have full access to their clinicians’ notes. Physicians questioned whether this was the right or responsible approach to interacting with patients, and in some … Continue reading “Arguing For Patient Data Access Amidst Provider Pushback (news article)”

Open Notes: we have the broadest deployment in the country (news)

By CT Lin | January 19, 2017

http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/uchealth-offers-patients-enterprise-wide-access-to-physician-notes We (UCHealth) show patients their physician progress notes ACROSS our entire enterprise, including: 7 hospitals (discharge summaries) 21 emergency departments (physician progress notes) 350+ outpatient clinics (soon: 2 out of 8 psychiatry clinics as of mid February 2017). Onward and upward!

Review: Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way You Lead

By CT Lin | January 18, 2017

Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way You Lead by Paul Spiegelman My rating: 3 of 5 stars I wanted to like this book more. The provocative title says a lot. However, the point could have been made with fewer words. Moreover, I looked forward to real-life examples to illustrate this idea, and … Continue reading “Review: Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way You Lead”

Open Notes, a how-to Webinar with Homer Chin MD and CT Lin MD via HealthsystemCIO

By CT Lin | January 16, 2017

Well folks, here’s more information about Open Notes from a physician who led a city-wide initiative to get ALL the hospital systems to adopt Open Notes, nearly a decade ago, with resulting excellent patient engagement and satisfaction and improved outcomes. And then I’m also on the webinar, too! Seriously, Homer Chin MD, formerly of Kaiser … Continue reading “Open Notes, a how-to Webinar with Homer Chin MD and CT Lin MD via HealthsystemCIO”

Modern Healthcare discusses Open Notes (with a quote from me)

By CT Lin | January 3, 2017

Modern Healthcare The Open Notes initiative is gathering some steam, and we’re proud to continue to be part of the conversation.   <CT Lin MD>

Doc Prudence (a ukulele parody) about Open Notes

By CT Lin | November 4, 2016

I’m here at CHIME16, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, at the fall CIO forum, speaking about Open Notes. I’m honored to be invited to speak, and even more honored to be selected as an Encore by the audience, who choose their favorite presentations for an ‘encore’ presentation on the last day of the … Continue reading “Doc Prudence (a ukulele parody) about Open Notes”

Congratulations to UCHealth’s CIO, Steve Hess, who wins CHIME16 collaboration award

By CT Lin | November 3, 2016

At this year’s CHIME16, the annual national meeting of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Steve Hess, our CIO accepted the prestigious CHIME collaboration award. CHIME is the largest organization of healthcare CIO’s, over 900 at present count. What a great recognition from Steve’s peers to be recognized in this way.  Steve’s work with … Continue reading “Congratulations to UCHealth’s CIO, Steve Hess, who wins CHIME16 collaboration award”

Mobile Stroke Unit, 4th in the country

By CT Lin | October 25, 2016

Cool Stuff Ahead! Our Neurosciences and Stroke team worked with our telehealth program, bought a souped-up ambulance, installed a portable (PORTABLE!) CT scanner, and now we can send this ambulance out on any 911 call that sounds like it may be an early stroke. Unlike current state-of-the-art facilities that take 30-60 minutes AFTER the patient … Continue reading “Mobile Stroke Unit, 4th in the country”

NYtimes: releasing medical records

By CT Lin | September 8, 2016

I’m gratified that the public conversation on electronic (and also paper) medical records continues. Its a dry topic, but oh so important. Ms. Sanger-Katz writes about Casey Quinlan (and her QR code!), and the difficulty of assembling a longitudinal health record that becomes more important as we get older. The morass of privacy, mistrust, bureaucracy, … Continue reading “NYtimes: releasing medical records”

Open Notes: a 16 year journey

By CT Lin | July 18, 2016

Upcoming press release: 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 … Continue reading “Open Notes: a 16 year journey”

Medicine in the age of Facebook #iHT2

By CT Lin | July 12, 2016

My talk at the Institute for Healthcare Technology Transformation today, as covered by Mark Hagland of Healthcare Informatics journal: Article at: http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/article/patient-engagement/it-s-transparency-get-over-it-ct-lin-md-challenges-iht2-denver-audience Twitter  "Medicine in the Era of Facebook" Opening talk by Dr Lin was on 🎯 #iht2 #Denver #ukuleleplayer pic.twitter.com/XWGKLTBHMF — Julie Reisetter (@JulieReisetter) July 12, 2016 Busting the myths around Open Notes! @ctlin1 … Continue reading “Medicine in the age of Facebook #iHT2”

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