It is always a joy to realize that one works with amazing colleagues. Here is a video (in which I participated), on the emphasis UCHealth is placing on Advance Care Planning, specifically of Durable Power of Attorney for Health care, a Living will, the 5 wishes documents. It is a way for our patients to indicate to us their wishes for end-of-life care.
Equally important, we have made it much easier for patients to submit their own documents and statements directly into their electronic health record through their patient-portal, that we call My Health Connection.
Thank to to our team, and to teams worldwide, who are raising awareness and assisting patients with expressing these very important wishes, and making them known to their healthcare providers.
CMIO’s take? Thank you to our team, and to teams worldwide, who are raising awareness and assisting patients with expressing these very important wishes, and making them known to their healthcare providers.
This is both impressive work and incredibly depressing, and is a clarion call for those in physician informatics. Dr. Christine Sinsky’s piece in the NEJM catalyst is called “Date night with the EHR” and very clearly delineates physician time spent charting in electronic health records. Particularly appalling is the time spent on WEEKEND evenings (red circle) reliving the past week’s worth of left-over work. It is a clear dagger into the heart of physician wellness and key manifestation of physician burnout.
It is for this reason, that Practice Efficiency efforts with EHR optimization Sprints as well as Care Redesign by re-configuring clinical teams in clinics are gaining traction. It is for this reason that hospitals and clinics are taking a hard look at improving their Culture of Wellness. It is for this reason that organizations are investing in Physician Resilience programs.
And, the American Medical Association now has a Vice President, Professional Satisfaction, or as Dr. Sinsky calls herself: “The VP of Joy.” what an awesome title.
CMIO’s take? It is about time. Could this be the inflection point where silently suffering physicians begin to see hopefulness on the horizon? Physician Informaticists have long been at the bleeding edge of this work and the cultural traction is gratifying. March on, colleagues!