PIGlets

Welcome! If you're a newbie informaticist, OR interested in growing your skills in informatics. In our organization, our Large PIG (physician/ APP informatics group) sometimes ads new members, hence, the colloquial "PIG-let". Here, I collate my blog posts describing a particular skill or tool or idea that has helped me in my career.

Optimization Sprints: Improving Clinician Satisfaction and Teamwork by Rapidly Reducing Electronic Health Record Burden (published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings Feb 2019)

By CT Lin | February 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Amber Sieja, Katie Markley, Jon Pell, Christine Gonzalez, Brian Redig, Patrick Kneeland, co-authors on our published article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings this week. I’ve spoken of some of the details on this blog, so I’ll let the paper speak for itself. Nice to be recognized! Coming soon: a video by Dr. Sieja explaining … Continue reading “Optimization Sprints: Improving Clinician Satisfaction and Teamwork by Rapidly Reducing Electronic Health Record Burden (published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings Feb 2019)”

“E in EHR does not stand for Fax” — Steve Hess, CIO

By CT Lin | January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

I constantly enjoy the creativity of my colleagues. In this case, Steve Hess, our CIO at UCHealth, made this statement during a discussion about our fax-server software linked to our EHR. As our organization has grown, we have added hundreds of clinics, and now we’re approaching a dozen hospitals in our network, all on a … Continue reading ““E in EHR does not stand for Fax” — Steve Hess, CIO”

Happy holidays from the Large PIGs, JIG, and CMIO

By CT Lin | December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

I hope that you are making plans to celebrate the season, to connect with friends, colleagues, family, and take time for yourself. I consider myself so fortunate to work with such a great group of informaticists or informaticians (inforMAGICIANs?!), or informatics people, whatever we call ourselves. The work we do, sometimes seems like a grind, … Continue reading “Happy holidays from the Large PIGs, JIG, and CMIO”

CT meditates: a comedy (25) Merry Christmas- Holiday- Kwanzaa. And Zen Shorts!

By CT Lin | December 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Care-filled Kwanzaa! Happy Buddha! A book I gave to my physician and clinical informatics teams this year is ‘Zen Shorts.’ This is a terrific children’s book with wonderful watercolors. You don’t have to be a child or a Zen master to appreciate it. However the stories it tells are deceptively entertaining. … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (25) Merry Christmas- Holiday- Kwanzaa. And Zen Shorts!”

CT meditates: a comedy (23) pomodoro timer

By CT Lin | December 23, 2017 | 1 Comment

So, maybe some of you have read this far. Thank you for coming along! One of the threads of mindfulness and meditation is developing Focus. So maybe you’ve now blocked out 2 or even 4 hours of your day to dive deeply. But once you’re here, cleared your desk, turned off your Internet, laid out … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (23) pomodoro timer”

Keep your eyes on your goal, not your obstacle

By CT Lin | August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

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”

Review: Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story

By CT Lin | February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story by Randy Olson My rating: 5 of 5 stars So many scientists and doctors I know are terrific at science, and SO impressively smart. Kudos to their years of training, discipline, self-sacrifice. And yet … many (perhaps most) have no idea how to tell a story. … Continue reading “Review: Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story”

Review: The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

By CT Lin | January 4, 2017 | 2 Comments

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller My rating: 5 of 5 stars So, is it realistic to clear 4 hours of your work day EVERY DAY to work on your ONE THING? Yes, I agree, not going to happen, even if Gary Keller tells you to. However, it … Continue reading “Review: The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results”

Review: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

By CT Lin | December 27, 2016 | 2 Comments

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a fun read. If you’re human, you are creative. This book gives you permission to open your arms, in big scribbled words, to something new, and not let your frontal cortex shut … Continue reading “Review: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative”

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