Last quarter, I highlighted our efforts around improving the patient and consumer experience. This time, I’d like to focus on our second core principle – improving care team efficiency and satisfaction. (Read More)

CIO Corner.

Our patients are at the center of everything we do. This applies to the technologies we develop and the systems we maintain. In IT we view these as integral components to delivering exceptional patient care, as well as contributing to the efficiency of our care teams.

If you can’t access Epic, it’s important that you know how to get the resources you need to maintain continuity of care. (Read More)

Prepare to maximize your uptime during a downtime.

As Houstonians, we’ve learned that it’s critical to prepare for hurricane season, well in advance of any storm. At Houston Methodist, preparation for major IT incidents is equally important.

Barcode specimen scanning is a technology where clinicians use barcode scanners to scan the patient wristband and lab label, then print labels at the bedside. (Read More)

Barcode specimen scanning. Improving patient safety.

Labeling blood means clinicians manually mark up specimen tubes before sending them to the lab — a manual process increasing room for error. A new systemwide initiative is improving patient safety by reducing the risk for errors.

Make sure you’re prepared by reviewing your Epic Update Companion before Sunday, Oct. 24. (Read More)

Next Epic Update. Sunday, Oct. 24

Just like we update our personal smartphones and laptops to stay current on the latest features and technology, we maintain Epic to make sure we have the most recent features to benefit both our patients and our end users.

You can implement some of the same safety measures we take at work, in your home too. (Read More)

Data security @ home and work.

We all work hard to keep our patient and employee data safe, but how are you keeping your personal data safe at home?