Our System Recognized for Prestigious EMR Certification

Tim Clark, clinical quality project manager, shows HIMSS Analytics reviewers how Radiology Services uses data to improve care quality.

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics awarded UMass Memorial Health Care its prestigious Stage 7 certification for electronic medical records (EMR) capabilities in both the acute care and ambulatory settings – an achievement that only 6.4 percent of the hospitals and 11 percent of ambulatory sites can claim. HIMSS Analytics scores hospitals and ambulatory sites around the world relative to their EMR capabilities. Their eight-stage (0-7) model measures the adoption and utilization of EMR functions and data to improve the quality of patient care. To achieve Stage 7, our organization had to meet specific criteria. “Reaching this incredible achievement is a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of everyone in this organization,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO. “This is one of the most significant achievements in the history of our organization.” Read the press release. Visit IS/Epic Central to view the case studies presented and other HIMSS-related information.

Join Celebration of First Revitalized Unit on University Campus

Celebrate the grand opening of the Medical Center’s new H7 West Nursing Unit at the University Campus Monday, June 25, 9 am. The event includes a ribbon cutting and remarks from Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care, and Jeff Smith, MD, interim Medical Center president. This is the first medical/surgical unit on the University Campus to be revitalized through the MC2020 modernization project. Come to the ribbon cutting and take a tour of the newly renovated unit that features nine private rooms designed for patient comfort and enhanced recovery.  Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Choueiri’s Autism Screening Tool Featured in T&G

Dr. Choueiri works with a 2-year-old child on the autism test she developed. (Photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette)

Roula Choueiri, MD, chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at our Children’s Medical Center, was recently interviewed by the Telegram & Gazette to share the benefits of a new Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) screening tool she developed called the Rapid Interaction Screening Test for Autism in Toddlers (RITA-T). According to Dr. Choueiri, many families are left waiting anywhere from six to 12 months to be seen for a diagnosis, which delays intervention, and ultimately impacting a child’s outcomes. Dr. Choueiri’s screening can be conducted in only 10 minutes and quickly identifies the need for further testing. Read the story; watch Dr. Choueiri explain the tool.

Stop by Innovation Celebration Friday on University Campus!

Paul Lofrumento shared updates on “Transitioning to Value-Based Care in Orthopedic Bundles” at the last Innovation Celebration.

Join us at the next Innovation Celebration Friday, June 15, University Campus, hallways near the pharmacy, noon to 1 pm. The event celebrates Medical Center initiatives, ideas and projects. Drop by anytime during to learn about recent innovations and initiatives and to celebrate our six new UMass Memorial Health Care Lean Green Belts Erin Proudman, Johnna Cox, Beth Monaco, Aaron Lathrop, Kate Behan and Sheryl Van Vilet! We will also be sharing information about the Standards of Respect. Refreshments will be provided.

Honor Your Dad: Share Your Favorite Photo; Wear Blue Friday

Do you have special memories you’ve shared with your father? Photos are great ways to make memories last. Show your dad you care this Father’s Day by emailing News & Views a photo of your favorite memory with him. The photo can be anything from camping, fishing, vacations, sports, birthdays or maybe the two of you at work together! During Men’s Health Month, it is important to remind our fathers, and all the men in our lives, that we care about their health and well-being, and to focus on preventative health care. Don’t forget to wear blue tomorrow, June 15 on Wear Blue Day!

Take on New Summertime myHealth Matters Challenges!

Join the newly added challenges that began June 11 on the myHealth Matters website. Put on your walking shoes and get moving with the “Track 9,000 Steps Daily” challenge. Practice mindfulness and set time aside for activities you enjoy in the “Stop Spinning Your Wheels Over Stress” challenge. In the “List Your Professional Strengths” challenge, reflect on your talents and abilities in your workplace role to discover your potential. Benefits-eligible employees: Log points each week to qualify for a $300 wellness reimbursement account deposit and other great rewards.

Wanted: Volunteers for 2018 Teddy Bear Clinic

If you love making kids happy, here’s your chance to see miles of smiles! Registration is open for volunteers and booth reservations at this year’s Teddy Bear Clinic. This super fun health and safety fair will take place Saturday, September 29, 10 am to 3 pm, Albert Sherman Center, University Campus. Register as a volunteer or email Monick Powell for more information. To reserve a booth for your department, fill out the booth registration form and return to Kayla Gagne by July 10. Be sure to take a moment to read our booth and volunteer guidelines before planning for your booth!