Feats of Strength: Building a Strong Case for an EHR / EMR in the Classroom

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It might be challenging to get you academic medical center to open up their EHR / EMR for learning activities in the classroom. In fact, it might take a Herculean effort to make that happen for undergraduate medical students or allied health professionals that are in their first year. It should not be those extreme feats of strength to improve learning that we are tasked with today. That is why when Dr. Blaine Takesue and Dr. Deb Litzelman came up with the idea of building a “virtual health system” for students to use before entering clinical practice on the campus of Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) it captured the attention of the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA granted Dr. Takesue and Dr. Litzelman the coveted Accelerating Change in Medical Education (ACE) grant back in 2013 to bring their grant proposal to life. Now […]

Forged Pathways: How a History of Innovation is Improving Learning for Future Providers

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Sam Regenstrief had a vision. The story goes that he had a family member that was being treated in a local hospital care setting. He did not like what he saw and was determined to use his resources to make a positive change in the way we deliver health care. You see, Sam was a successful industrialist who is affectionately known as the “Dishwasher King.” Sam’s vision thrives within every research project and applied innovation that we release into the world every day here at the Institute. The infographic provided below is a small demonstration of the impact our Center for Biomedical Informatics has had the last 40+ years with great partners like Indiana University School of Medicine and Eskenazi Health (formerly Wishard). Infographic on Innovation Rich History Here are some of the highlights: Over 46 years of innovation in health care Leader in research on linking EMRs with […]

Something to RAVE About: How Rule Authoring Promotes Learning

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What is Rule Authoring in an EHR? I should probably start with a definition for rule authoring if you are not a familiar with the concept of how an EHR is able to alert or prompt physicians inside the application. I define “Rule Authoring” in EHRs as a system for creating alerts or prompts, emails, directing the user to a specific area in the application, logging an event in the application, or activating a web service when an event or action in the application occurs from a defined or specific patient(s), user(s), or encounter(s) or something else defined by users. Or simply defined, if this happens, then do this or that–but PLEASE don’t make me have to be a software programmer, talk like one, or ask one to figure that all out for me because I need it in the EHR now. Our system does […]

Exploring the Education EHR: Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR) Introduction [Video]

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A Good Place to Start The Regenstrief Institute has been known in the informatics research community for decades. I worked for a large HealthIT software company for many years and had heard about the EHR and CPOE system developed by Dr. Clem McDonald and the team at the Center for Biomedical Informatics where I work today. It simply amazes me that we have been developing and support an EHR and CPOE system since 1970’s here in Indianapolis. It is truly an EHR developed by doctors and allied health professionals for doctors and allied health professionals. I would venture to say that not many commercial vendors have MDs, RNs, and PhDs that have done and are doing the coding for their EHR/EMR. Each time Dr. Takesue, myself, or others demonstrate our application we hear a consistent theme, “I wish my EHR did that.” High praise from those […]

Feature Rich: First Time Users Get An Upgrade

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I had to travel quite a bit for my old role with a healthcare IT organization. That meant that I spent a significant amount of precious time in hotels and airports. If you have had to do much travel in your life, then you might value (like I do) the little things like an upgrade. A Little Smarter, A lot Easier The world around us is getting more intelligent. Wouldn’t you agree? Everything is “smart” or at least is getting smarter with age. We like to think here at the Regenstrief Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics that we are building those smarts into our EHR learning platform. Our development team has done just that with our latest release v2.2.5. In our last release, we’ve made it simpler for users not to have to remember another login and password with our single sign-on capabilities. Now we have […]

Feature Rich: Single Sign-on in v2.2.0

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The team is excited about the latest release from the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR – tEMR) team. The essential items in this release where our transition from Oracle to PostgreSQL, Drug Alerts, and support for Single Sign-on. These are significant milestones in our product evolution. This Fall, several new programs (University of Connecticut School of Medicine and University of Southern Indiana) will be going live. We also have completed some work for a research project for a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded grant using the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR) in this latest release. Support for Single Sign-On with the CAS2 protocol Who really wants to remember another password? The average person has to remember 19-27 discrete logins which require passwords according to several polls I found online. So much so, that the anger we feel when prompted […]

Feature Rich: Timed Release of Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform v2.1.0

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We don’t think much about how a fine timepiece works. There are many intricate, complex, and small moving parts. Each with a purpose to keep time accurate and moving forward. The tEMR team recently completed our latest upgrades for the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR). This application release was one that we are ALL excited to share with the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR) community and the future users of the tool. We released the updates to the application last Friday, April 22nd, and it was worth the wait. List of essential items in the latest upgrade: Natural Language Processing User Management Users Classes Bulk User/Class Import Curriculum Management Courses and Lessons Patient Locator (RPG) Rule Authoring (RAVE) It’s Natural: NLP inside RECL Platform (formerly tEMR) I won’t get into the weeds too much on this post, […]

Building Lessons: Are We Teaching the Right Things?

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Sometimes it’s What Not to Teach When we first started talking with the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) about what lessons they planned on teaching with the RECL Platform (formerly the tEMR application), we had no concept of what could be taught.  After all, there are a lot of variables to take into account.  Items such as the complexity of the subject matter in comparison to the year of the student, the historical knowledge of the student from previous classes, familiarity with EHR’s from job shadowing opportunities, the experience and background of the individual educators, and the list goes on. The good news is we had leaders and pioneers in medical education on our side to help guide us, which was definitely of great help. I quickly forgot that no one had tried to create a teaching tool for EHR’s at this level of […]

Start Here: Valuable User Insights

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Start with Your Users. When Winston Churchill said, “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”  Mr. Churchill was not trying to build the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR) in the twenty-first century. While collaborating with both the education team and the technical team for the past two years, I’ve learned how important point of view is.  The grant was written in the point of view and benefit of the leadership funding the work.  The technology requirements were discussed and written for a standalone system from its parent application that it got most of its intelligence from (G3), an EHR for trained physicians to use. The education pieces were designed to meet learning objectives at high standards and relate to questions that will eventually be asked on multiple medical exams, most likely years away […]