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As we hit the six-month mark since “go live” of our Epic electronic medical records system, we continue to assess our progress to date and look for ways to improve performance and ease of use. Although the experience with Epic has not been without its challenges, our commitment to Epic remains unchanged.

Progress on implementation continues. Most recently, the Epic team has compiled a comprehensive list of improvements that are under way and a list of planned improvements.(See list below). The team will update the list weekly, report on its progress, and add new items to be addressed as they emerge. Additionally, we saw the successful implementation of the Epic Oncology module called ‘Beacon,’ as the system enhancement went live for adult non-investigational chemotherapy protocols.

To be sure, we have made tremendous strides—but there is still more work to be done. Toward that end, plans are under way to increase the number of “boots on the ground” in clinics to continue to provide additional support for Epic users. In addition, our Chief Medical Information Officer Douglas Van Daele, MD, is actively involved in further developing the Epic system to meet the needs of our clinicians.

We are confident that Epic will improve patient safety and quality outcomes and thank everyone who continues to facilitate the transition process.

Please continue to share your comments and suggestions with me via e-mail at vpma@uiowa.edu.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Epic system improvements

The Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) Epic team has been working with physicians, nurses, and others to identify opportunities for improvement in the Epic system. A comprehensive list of improvements that are being planned, currently under way, or completed is available on all of the following sites: The Point, the Ambulatory Care Web site, and the Epic Nursing Learning Resources site.

The list of improvements covers Notes, Orders, Prescriptions, coming Upgrades, and many other areas of interest, and will be updated weekly.

Email epic@uiowa.edu or call the HCIS Help Desk at 6-0001 for questions or to make recommendations for the list of planned enhancements.

Campbell, Welsh get HHMI renewals

UI Carver College of Medicine researchers Kevin Campbell, PhD, and Michael Welsh, MD, have been renewed for another five years as investigators of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Both have been HHMI investigators since 1989.

Kevin Campbell, professor and head of molecular physiology and biophysics, holds the Roy J. Carver Biomedical Research Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Campbell, who joined the UI faculty in 1981, is internationally known for his neuromuscular disease research and directs the Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center at the UI. Campbell also is a professor of internal medicine and neurology.

Michael Welsh, professor of internal medicine, molecular physiology and biophysics, and neurosurgery, holds the Roy J. Carver Chair of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics. Welsh, who also joined the UI faculty in 1981, directs the UI Cystic Fibrosis Research Center and serves as director of the new Pappajohn Institute. He is internationally recognized for his research on cystic fibrosis.

In addition to Campbell and Welsh, the two other current HHMI investigators at the UI are Val Sheffield, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics who holds the Martin and Ruth Carver Chair in Genetics; and Edwin Stone, MD, PhD, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences who holds the Seamans-Hauser Chair of Molecular Ophthalmology.

Based in Maryland, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a nonprofit medical research organization that plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States. HHMI provides salaries, laboratory space, and equipment for investigators and their research teams. Learn more http://www.hhmi.org.

Huebner named Director of Admissions

Kathi Huebner has been named director of Admissions for the UI Carver College of Medicine, effective November 1, 2009. Kathi has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master’s degree in student development with a counseling minor from The University of Iowa.

She had served as interim director of admissions for the Carver College of Medicine since May 2009, along with overseeing her previous student research responsibilities. Her professional background includes 13 years as the assistant director for Admissions at the UI Carver College of Medicine, after serving for 12 years as senior academic advisor for pre-health and liberal arts majors at The University of Iowa.

New conflict of interest Web site

Information about potential conflicts of interest for UI Health Care faculty and staff is available to the public on a new Web site. The new disclosure system adds transparency for the public and complies with the UI Health Care Conflict of Interest policy. Ninety-nine percent of faculty and staff submitted disclosure forms. Only four percent have reported potential conflicts of interest. Plans to address those potential conflicts of interest are either under development or have been completed and placed in each individual’s personnel file.

Investiture ceremony

The UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Foundation will host an investiture ceremony and reception Wednesday, November 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, MERF. This investiture recognizes support from the Crowell Family Trust and celebrates the appointment of Ron Weigel, MD, as the E.A. Crowell, Jr., Chair in Surgery.

Medical Education Celebration Day

Everyone is invited to celebrate medical education on Thursday, November 12 at the following events in the Medical Education Research Facility:

• 9:15 a.m., 2117 MERF—Oral Research Presentations

• 10:45 a.m., MERF Atrium—Student and Faculty Poster Forum

• 1:00 p.m., 1110A MERF—Keynote address in conjunction with Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. “Self-Assessment, Self-Direction, Self-Regulation and other Myths,” by Glenn Regehr, PhD, University of British Columbia.

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