Ball Lightning

Lightning in a Bottle: Changing Medical Education

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Are we having a ball? Yes. Yes, we are. Quick story. A phenomenon, known as ball lightning, still befuddles scientists. According to the great folks at National Geographic, ball lightning is “a small, charged sphere that floats, glows, and bounces along oblivious to the laws of gravity or physics, (which) still puzzles scientists.” Why am I talking about rare lightning strikes? Well, we are still searching for some “ball lightning” in medical education using EHRs to improve the way students learn and grow their skills as providers during their training before that enter the workforce. My team and I know that with a little bit of luck, we can take our small, extremely charged community, and defy the laws of physics to make changes in medical education that will impact generations of future medical and allied health professions students. SO, at the Regenstrief Institute, we are continuing that […]

Drivers Wanted: Driver’s Ed for Medical & Allied Health Professions Students

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I’ve read all the articles and research on EHRs / EMRs in the classroom over the last couple of years. The information all points to students wanting more time behind the wheel of an EHR before they graduate. While it has been increasing over the last decade incrementally, we are still not doing enough as educators to prepare them for entering clerkship and ultimately clinical practice. Why? Cost: Cost absolutely is a factor if you want to dial into the EHR / EMR in your local academic medical center or surrounding health system. Risk: Layer on top of that access concerns for patient privacy, security, and oversight for the prior. Yes, these are great concerns for any team. Content: Curricula can be a concern. If the school is currently not using curricula with a virtual EHR with their students there is a time and resource commitment to […]

EHR Presentation from Stage

Redefining Medical Education Using Technology: Spring 2017 Medicine X Event at Stanford University

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Stanford’s Medicine X Spring event 2017 The Medicine X Spring event took place on April 22-23, 2017 at the Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University. The goal of the event was to bring patients, providers, researchers, industry leaders, designers, technologists and medical educators together to discuss the future of healthcare and to improve medical education. One of our Regenstrief research scientists and medical educators at Indiana University School of Medicine was asked to present on how we are using our EHR Clinical Learning Platform (also known as the Teaching Electronic Medical Record (tEMR)) to shape the future of MedEd. Included below are some highlights from his “Ted X style” oral presentation with other leaders who shared about redefining medical education using technology. Dr. Blaine Takesue’s presentation topic was “The Regenstrief Teaching Electronic Medical Record: Using an Everyday Clinical Tool for Learning and Evaluation.” Blaine Takesue, MD […]

Graduating with 4 Years of EHR Experience

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‘Tis the season for graduation. Over 18,000 MD students and over 5,000 DO students will adorn a cap and gown and complete their hooding ceremony this May. How many of those +23K doctors will be graduating with four years of real EHR experience? Not many, but should it matter. The opportunity to change medical education is only a few clicks away. On the recent AMA webinar (last month on April–if you want to watch the replay, click here) We know that from Dr. Maya Hammound’s portion of the presentation that: EHRs are being used in more than 90% of practices Medical students are often restricted from meaningfully utilizing the EHR–often entering residencies without adequate preparation to use them effectively Students’ EHR skills do not improve as they progress through their clinical year Students want more training and the ability to document in EHRs   So, […]

One in a Million: Unique Patients Promote Learning

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First-of-its-kind EHR Platform We created one of the first Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Systems in 1972. Think about that statement for a minute. We have patients in our Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR) that are celebrating their 45th birthday. We are celebrating the same age of 45 for the innovation of a system with patients who have medical records electronically as old potentially. I would like to introduce you to Faye. Faye Dugan is not her real name. It is her system-generated name that has been applied consistently across her medical history. Our Faye turned 45 on Sunday (April 16th, 2017). Happy belated birthday Faye! The real patient that this data is based on did not celebrate their birthday on Sunday. We shift dates to protect their privacy and the security of the data. We have access to over a million patients […]

Preparing Students to Use an EHR Today

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The field of medicine is changing, and so are learning methods. Medical educators are being called on to teach and quickly prepare students for clinical practice with new formats and tools that enhance learning. Many schools are revisiting their current curriculum and looking at changes to their four-year medical education programs. The centuries-old large lecture-based classrooms are being replaced. Now more collaborative, team-based, and technology-enhanced learning environments that simulate clinical practice for shorter periods of time are replacing traditional medical classes. The team at the Regenstrief Institute is thrilled to be part of that change. We are partnering with forward-thinking organizations like the American Medical Association to help accelerate the change by building software solutions that promote clinical learning on Day 1.

What’s in a Name

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We spent some time with members of the American Medical Association’s Marketing (Branding and Communications) and Medical Education leadership team back in December to brainstorm and discuss changing the name of our academic EMR/EHR for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. The product has been the Teaching EMR since 2014–affectionately shortened to tEMR (pronounced Team-Ur). When I joined the team in June of 2015, I was asked to consider rebranding–it was on the leadership’s wish lists for the product long before they recruited me to commercialize their applied innovations. They shared the former names the team created before settling for the Teaching EMR (tEMR). Many were AWFUL. So bad. So, so bad. Please read on. We do need your help below. All In I didn’t know what product(s) I would be managing when I accepted the offer to join the Regenstrief Institute (RI). The Assistant Director […]

Release ME: MedEd Enhancements in RECL (formerly tEMR) v2.3.0

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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 […]

Giving Thanks: Appreciating Medical and Allied Health Professions Educators

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  Regenstrief Appreciates Medical and Allied Health Professions Educators Thank you for everything you do to improve Medical and Allied Health Professions Education! During this season of Thanksgiving, my team and I at the Regenstrief Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics want to express our deepest gratitude to you for your contributions in educating students. Thanks to you and your students, our health and the delivery of health care is getting better every day! Happy Holidays! Brian Stout & the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the TeachingEMR – tEMR) Team (formerly       First Class In 2013, the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) began a pilgrimage with our team at Regenstrief to develop an EMR learning platform for students and educators. Last Fall, the first class of medical students started using our learning EHR / EMR in their classrooms. Several other medical schools […]