Are you searching for something?

Organizing, searching and filtering large volumes of information are at the bedrock of why we started building Electronic Health/ Medical Records (EHR / EMRs) back in the 1970s. There is certainly volumes of data that says providers are not happy with their EHR / EMRs. Quickly getting to the right information is not one of those issues with our EHR / EMR.

As we branched from our clinical system to this academic EHR / EMR for students, we heard a familiar theme from students and educators in,”How do we find patients with “X?” At the time of this blog, we have a little over 11.5K de-identified and misidentified patients in the EHR / EMR for applied learning, so that is a valid question–that we have answered.

More needles. Fewer haystacks.

One of the exciting features of this release is the new search capabilities in our Dashboard for users. The patient landing tab, Dashboard, now gives users the ability to not only search by patient name or MRN, but now students and educators can search by Problem, Medication, or Allergy. Probably not something you’re going to find in your Health System’s EMR / EHR, but useful for provider education to promote applied learning.

We still have the deep searching tools as well within our patient list generator* that is all about specificity. This quick search capability on the Dashboard added in this release gets to the heart of applied learning. Users can identify similar patients based on their problem lists, medication history, and documented allergies to promote exploration, clinical reasoning, and meaningful discussions around informatics.

Get Out of Here: Bugs and PDF Export

As with any software release, there is a considerable amount of tasks and “bug bashing” that goes on behind the scenes from the engineering team that we don’t talk about. Housecleaning is imperative, so it does not go unnoticed and why I want to include an update in this release notes. If you don’t clean your house for a few weeks or months, visitors are going to know–but might be too kind to say anything. You might even get some real bugs, and only entomologists want that.

Software bug fixes are usually unseen, but they are integral to improving the user’s overall experience through improvements in page load times, faster indexing for search, and ensuring we have clean code interacting with the latest standards across computing platforms. Like real bugs, we just want to know they are gone–we don’t need to see the extermination process, but we do want to know the exterminator did his job.

Everyone, including me, wants to talk about their latest and greatest features. As a product manager, it is nice to know the development team spends a considerable amount of time on each release making sure the software works better than we expected so our valuable users have a great experience and can focus on learning–not bugs. Bugs bashed.

One example of this was the last sentences of Notes entered were truncated during the display when a user was signing notes or orders. Now during the preview and sign step that information is presented correctly. Not a significant user experience fix, but useful nonetheless.

New Order Export Feature

In v2.3.0 we have also added the ability for users to export a PDF of orders in the system (see image below). This export feature now gives users the ability to move their content out of tEMR or to save it offline for later viewing when they may not be able to login to the application. Or the PDF might be used in a learning activity submission outside of RECL (formerly tEMR) on a Learning Management System like Blackboard or Canvas.

Let’s Collaborate: Transitions in Care and IPE

In most EHR / EMRs if another user in a patient record you will get a message that the patient’s chart is currently being used by another user and you will have to try again later. Well, that is not the case with the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR). Our EMR / EHR system has intelligent alerts that notify users in the same record of the activities that might impact the other user.

Dynamic communication in the chart is a pretty significant advancement if you are planning to discuss Interprofessional Education (IPE) with your students and would like to demonstrate how that might be beneficial when caring for the same patient (see below in red highlighted area). While we are still building more functionality in this area to promote transitions in care, we are pretty happy with the threaded communication that takes place inside the chart between students working with the same patient in an IPE exercise. Is that something your organization would find valuable. Please comment below.

If you have ideas on how technology can assist in transitions of care, we are always looking for collaborators to work with our team on what that might look like enhancing healthcare technology available to providers.

Play It Again SAML

One sign-on to rule them all, right? We’ve added Shibboleth network single sign-on using SAML to complement these types of integrations: Central Authentication Service (CAS) and Active Directory.

Several of our new programs will be going live with SAML in 2017 to make life easier for users to access the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR) without remembering yet another password. It provides for secure, fast access, and Login to the application for users.

Next Release

We have some pretty exciting features planned for release in 2017. We look forward to connecting with more programs and learning how the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR) might enhance your student’s education and make it easier for the educators in your program.

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Have a great 2017!
Brian Stout
Sr. Product Manager
Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR)

*patient list generator is also known as RPG (Regenstrief Patient-list Generator) that is commercially available search tool for Health Systems

 

About the Author

Brian Stout is a senior leader in marketing and product at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. He is an authority on using EHRs in Medical and Allied Professions Education. He leads product for one of the nation’s most seasoned (since 1972) and innovative electronic health record platforms in the country. An advocate for learning and professional development,┬áhe is continuing his education with a Masters in Data Science from Indiana University in the Fall of 2017. You can follow him on Twitter @TeachingEMR and LinkedIn or other social platforms under ThinkStout.