Seattle Children's Informatics

December Epic project updates

The Epic team is busy with finishing up Epic code build, continuing with clinical content build, and testing the system from front to back. The project governance groups continue to make important decisions that will guide how we build and use the system. Here are a few recent examples:


  • Surgical order set decisions
    • Each specialty will get at least one generic pre-op order set with some order sets for specific frequent procedures.
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Quote of the month

I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer.… Continue Reading

November Epic Journey Update

We continue on the fast-paced Epic EHR project. Our Epic team is working on testing the system, and our clinician experts continue to work on content. We’re busy developing inpatient, ambulatory, and surgical order sets, with the goal of building over 500 order sets and order panels. We’re also working on documentation templates to make work as efficient and as complete as possible.… Continue Reading

Quote of the month

In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing.

The second best thing you can do is the wrong thing.

The absolute worst thing you can do is do nothing.

-General Lewis B. Puller, USMC… Continue Reading

The latest on the Epic Journey

Here is this month’s list of the biggest and latest Epic Journey decisions. As always, if you have questions about these items, reach out to us or go to the Epic Journey page on CHILD here.

Consent forms – we will be purchasing a large number of electronic consent pads for the ambulatory and pre-op areas in order to make better use of electronic consents for procedures and other places that need consents.… Continue Reading

Inbox Ninja – follow up comments

Thank you to those of you who appropriately pointed out that if a meeting attendee accepts a meeting but doesn’t send a response, the organizer can’t tell if they are coming or not. This has been discussed in various Microsoft and Outlook blogs. After investigating, we found an alternate option for those of you who don’t want to see routine meeting acceptances.… Continue Reading

Quote of the month

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.… Continue Reading

Lots of progress on the Epic project

We’ve decided to dedicate the entirety of this month’s newsletter to an Epic update. This will include examples of great collaboration, some big decisions made, and some upcoming decisions to be discussed.

Cultural transformation

  • Provider documentation – providers and our compliance and billing departments are collaborating to improve documentation quality and efficiency, reduce clinician burnout, and at the same time adhere to regulations.
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Become an inbox ninja

Are you interested in reducing the stress that constantly checking email and managing your inbox can cause? Try these simple tips:

  1. Set up rules in Outlook to automatically forward, move, delete or reply to certain emails based on their content
  2. Set aside time one or two times a day to check your inbox.
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Quote of the Month

“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed,”

-Abigail Adams… Continue Reading

Cool new stuff in our integrated EHR

We’re working on hard on building our new EHR. The IT team is working on the settings, and our clinicians are working on the orders, order sets and will soon start working on documentation templates. In the meantime, here are some cool new things we’ll be able to do in our new EHR that we can’t do right now:

  1. We’ll be able to upload pictures of patients onto the toolbar to improve patient safety
  2. Patients will be able to send clinicians pictures and videos via the patient portal
  3. Physicians and APPs will be able to review patient data, renew prescriptions, and send secure messages via mobile apps.
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Integrated EHR Updates

Please see the link below for integrated EHR news and announcements. Recent events include:

1. Completion of the second of three rounds of adoption sessions
2. Creation of several more work groups in charge of EHR build decisions
3. Kick off of the Specialists Training Specialists program that recruits physicians and APPs to train their colleagues… Continue Reading

Medication Reconciliation Update

It’s been a few months since our last medication reconciliation update. Here’s the latest data. A few months ago we made a change that turned off the auto-continue of home medications with the hope that this would trigger further review of the home med list. We’ve seen our rates further decrease a bit down to a running average of a 12% error rate.… Continue Reading

Monthly quote

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary.… Continue Reading

Expanded options for Meducation discharge medication list

Starting at the end of July, our Meducation discharge medication list will give users more options for discharging clinicians. We are introducing Clock Mode which allows more specific timing of medications. Currently, the calendar view defaults to the Universal Medication Schedule (UMS) with four intervals for dosing.… Continue Reading