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August 31, 2005

Medications : Refill Diagnoses Update

Filed under: Medications — admin @ 3:20 pm

The Co-op Rx team has completed programming on this fix and are testing it now. This is the pharmacy side of the equation. Things are going at a nice clip.

What links are on your MyEpic screen?

Filed under: MyEpic — admin @ 5:38 am

More of us are using MyEpic, available from your EpicCare tool bar.

One of the things we are using it for is to store hyperlinks of favorite references.

What are some of your favorites?

Alison Lewis, MD, gave me this one, for Dermatomal distributions:

http://www.apparelyzed.com/dermatome.html

Feel free to post some of your favorites here.

August 30, 2005

Medications Update: Removing Duplicates, Adding Refill Diagnoses

Filed under: Medications — admin @ 6:55 am

The CIS Team is barreling forward on two important fixes for medication reconciliation:

1. Duplicate medications appearing on the medication list. Certain medications, when reordered, do not get replaced on the medication list. New code is being tested and installed to manage this problem. I am told 15-20 days of effort will be needed.

2. Diagnoses on refill medications. The Epic team and pharmacy team are completing testing of programming code to solve this. GHP has indicated that this is the highest priority fix on pharmacy right now. I am receiving daily updates.

Feel free to post comments below, as always.

August 29, 2005

Epic Systems’ History – Future

Filed under: e-health news,User Group — admin @ 6:12 am

Kaiser Permanente has just posted Judy Faulkner (Epic Systems’ CEO)’s talk from their User Conference at the beginning of August. It’s both very enlightening and very reassuring. She described everything from how they got started, to their decision to never become a public company, to the clinical areas they are working on next.

She singled out Group Health Cooperative to this packed room of Kaiser Permanente staff.

Here is the link. Beware, it is a rather large powerpoint download:

http://dms.kp.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-169585

Feel free to post comments and ideas below.

August 26, 2005

Curent Alerts in EpicCare

Filed under: Electronic Chart — admin @ 6:13 am

Lori Ljubicich on the CIS team compiled a list of the currently firing Best Practice Alerts in EpicCare. These give a sense of the areas of quality improvement we are addressing. The team is making a concerted effort to keep the number of total alerts to a minimum.

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