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If you're going to Phoenix, remember to pack your labs

If you're going to Phoenix, remember to pack your labs

So, you're thinking of migrating to Epic's solid organ transplant module Phoenix? Or did you recently switch? The Phoenix product has come a long way since its initial release around 10 years ago. It is a great way to effectively manage your transplant population within the fully-integrated Epic suite of products. I helped to support the first 40 or so Phoenix go-lives during my Epic tenure and take great pride in the application.

The Importance of Capturing Reference Ranges

The Importance of Capturing Reference Ranges

Automating the extraction of all required information from faxes or other non-interfaced sources, ensures your patients’ safety and complete, compliant information in the EMR.  Any solution you use should be matching patient and order level data, collecting physician demographic information, and capturing...

Part four of a seven part blog series about EMR - lab results interoperability

Part four of a seven part blog series about EMR - lab results interoperability

I will cover a list of misconceptions throughout this blog series which will be covered in the span of seven weeks. 

Tracking Data is a Key Component of QAPI Programs

Tracking Data is a Key Component of QAPI Programs

Tracking Data is a Key Component of QAPI Programs, not only for CMS but also now with UNOS 

One of the most challenging aspects of transplant program management is ensuring that your Quality Assessment and Process Improvement programs are measuring meaningful and actionable items that lead to program improvement. There are many factors that contribute to these projects but one thing in common is that they are all data-driven.

Clinical Labs: Meeting the needs of providers is a juggling act

Clinical Labs: Meeting the needs of providers is a juggling act

The ultimate juggling act: clinical labs in a hospital setting are required to maintain the highest operational standards. They complete their own inpatient testing while managing the logistics of send-outs and the returning results from reference and specialty labs. No matter where it’s coming from, comprehensive data needs to get back to the ordering physician -  data required to make the best care decisions.

Interoperability, yes, but with truly accurate data

Interoperability, yes, but with truly accurate data

Interoperability, yes, but with truly accurate data

A mid-Atlantic hospital’s transplant program recently went live with Epic Phoenix to better track pre and post-transplant patients. Prior to the Epic implementation, all patient data was maintained manually on paper flowsheets.

Data Management for Post-Transplant Follow Up

Data Management for Post-Transplant Follow Up

One of the many advances that have been achieved in transplantation care today is the ability of patients to return to their community physicians after a period of time for most of their long term care.

Lab Interoperability Challenge #1: Data Delay

Lab Interoperability Challenge #1: Data Delay

Dealing with Data Delay

Is your organization facing delays in access to data? If so, you are not alone. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 20% of preventable medical errors in the US are caused by the lack of immediate access to health information.