Staying healthy and productive in healthcare, in leadership, in informatics is a huge challenge. How are you coping? Here are my musings about Mindfulness, from my blog.

CMIO teahouse menu

By CT Lin | April 13, 2022

How can tea improve clinical decision support? How does it help change organizations? Are you kidding?

“The useful part of a pot is where there is no pot” -Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan

By CT Lin | April 7, 2022

Hollowed out
clay makes a pot.
Where the pot’s not
Is where its useful.

Controlled breathing. Take a minute (nytimes)

By CT Lin | March 17, 2022

I know many patients, colleagues, (and also I, myself) can benefit from this reminder. Take a minute and do this now. And maybe STOP DOOMSCROLLING and go outside (I’m going to shovel some snow), or read a physical book, or at least move away from a screen for awhile.

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.

Here’s your moment of zen – cactus images from Arizona

By CT Lin | February 25, 2022

Here is the “burr in my sock” or “pebble in my shoe” that bad EHR design can become. In another context, this is can be beautiful.

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?”

Oxygen masks, John Hodgman, and a hotdog?

By CT Lin | September 29, 2021

This was a good week. Like many of my medical colleagues who are plowing through our next surge of Covid patients, we have feelings of exhaustion, angst and sadness, or as one of my Twitter colleagues on #medtwitter calls it, a new emotion called ‘emptysad.’ So apt. So it was great to get out of … Continue reading “Oxygen masks, John Hodgman, and a hotdog?”

How to Get Things Done When You Don’t Want to Do Anything (NYTimes)

By CT Lin | September 22, 2021

How to Get Things Done When You Don’t Want to Do Anything – The New York Times (nytimes.com) This spoke to me. Maybe it speaks to you. This pairs well with another recent NYT article by Adam Grant on Languishing: Feeling Blah During the Pandemic? It’s Called Languishing – The New York Times (nytimes.com) It … Continue reading “How to Get Things Done When You Don’t Want to Do Anything (NYTimes)”

The Narrows at Zion Canyon: a visual travelogue

By CT Lin | May 26, 2021

In November of 2020, my son and I toured the Southwest US. One of our stops was at Zion Canyon National Park, where we were excited to experience the Narrows. It seemed a great way to escape the pandemic and get away. Spend a few minutes on the journey with us!

My code: “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” (NYTimes)

By CT Lin | April 17, 2021

Wait, what?

Forest bathing: what is it good for?

By CT Lin | December 9, 2020

Sometimes it is good to get away. Mind you, this photo is more than a year old (before pandemic), but it makes a few points…

My Failure Resume, redux

By CT Lin | August 5, 2020

Well, it is time to update my resume. It has been a year, I have failed at more things. I’ve read more failure resumes, and I like some of the newer ideas, for example, listing your NON-skills. I’ve added mine. One idea for brave souls willing to try, is to submit both your Regular CV … Continue reading “My Failure Resume, redux”

Doomscrolling. Are you guilty of it? (nytimes)

By CT Lin | July 5, 2020

https://www.wired.com/story/stop-doomscrolling Here is a new term for you: Doomscrolling. I am guilty of this, until I become aware of it and have to wrench myself away. It is a like car-crash in slow motion and you want to know how this horror story ends. CMIO’s take? STOP. Turn it off, go live your life, and … Continue reading “Doomscrolling. Are you guilty of it? (nytimes)”

Pandemic skills: Giving feedback successfully: I Like … I wish … What if … ?

By CT Lin | May 13, 2020

During this pandemic, many of us have been stuck in front of our screens, like talking heads (Max Headroom, anyone?). If “sitting is the new smoking” (or perhaps not), then I’ve been “smoking” a lot. Virtual meetings are draining, and I’m on them up to 8 hours a day, even busier now with all the … Continue reading “Pandemic skills: Giving feedback successfully: I Like … I wish … What if … ?”

Moment of Zen for Mother’s Day

By CT Lin | May 10, 2020

If you’re not getting away enough from all things Pandemic, here’s a nice long-exposure photo from my iPhone 7. Yes, a CMIO with an iPhone 7. And I still love it. At least I have a smartphone, unlike one of my informaticist colleagues. Forest bathing is a thing in Japan and increasingly worldwide, and perhaps … Continue reading “Moment of Zen for Mother’s Day”

UCHealth v Covid-19. The second surge (not what you think)

By CT Lin | April 27, 2020

https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/psychiatry/about/in-the-news/psychiatry-news/mind-the-brain-mental-health-in-the-time-of-covid-19 I’m so proud to be part of a multi-disciplinary, talented group of clinicians. Our Department of Psychiatry is gearing up for what may become the second surge of our pandemic, as we relax the stay-at-home orders in Colorado: Mental Illness. Depression. PTSD. Panic. Suicide. These terms must no longer carry the stigma they do. … Continue reading “UCHealth v Covid-19. The second surge (not what you think)”

EHR v Covid-19. Video Visits: How to Improve the Patient Experience

By CT Lin | April 15, 2020

Executive Summary: We have a global pandemic, daily policy changes, we work from home, have new video tech, and we are learning to communicate and build relationships in new ways. It is easy to forget that there may be a scared patient on the other end, counting on us. How might we improve the patient … Continue reading “EHR v Covid-19. Video Visits: How to Improve the Patient Experience”

Take a breath! and try JOMO during our pandemic

By CT Lin | March 30, 2020

I was chatting with an informatics colleague last week, mentioning that our family had spent some time in Utah recently. He sent me this photo he had taken in Utah recently. Beautiful, no? Are you taking care of yourself? It looks like we are in this for the long haul. Colorado is now under a … Continue reading “Take a breath! and try JOMO during our pandemic”

Has the smartphone destroyed a generation? (Atlantic)

By CT Lin | March 4, 2020

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/ I’ll just leave this here.

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