Medical Staff News

Clinical alarms can be a nuisance – and a lifesaver
The volume of beeps and whistles can be overwhelming, leading The Joint Commission and our own region to reevaluate our warning systems and reduce the risks of “alarm fatigue.”– Karyn Temte Lloyd RN, BSN, CPHQ, quality management coordinator

Opening the curtain on our patient notes
Providence Medical Group is joining a national initiative that allows patients to read provider notes in their medical charts. The goal? Better communication and more engaged patients.– Daniel Rosenberg, M.D., Providence Medical Group-Gateway

Acute imaging, pathology, lab reports now posted on MyChart
Beginning this month, Providence ED and admitted patients can log on to MyChart after discharge and see their inpatient test results and information about their hospital stay.

Guest column: "Why won't my patient comply?"
It’s frustrating when patients ignore medical advice, but the burden doesn’t rest solely on their shoulders. A new care model helps providers unlock the causes of nonadherence. – Ryan Dix Psy.D., integrated behavioral health provider

Better use of physicians’ time will increase patient access
Advanced-access scheduling, shared medical appointments and team-based care means that Providence Medical Group can grow patient panels – and allow providers to focus on care. – Mike Butler, president, operations and services, Providence Health & Services

Epic quick tip: Flag function alerts you to new results
A “new result flag” tells you immediately when a new lab, X-ray or EKG test is uploaded to your patient’s record. Here's how it works.– Brent Kimberly, D.O., Informatics Operations Council co-chair, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Providence wins major certification for stroke care
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is now a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a certification granted by The Joint Commission to only those hospitals that offer advanced stroke care, particularly for complex conditions.

Providence partners with well-known perinatology expert
Peter Watson, M.D., becomes medical director of perinatal outreach to help spread the word of Providence’s growing high-risk obstetrics and neonatal intensive care services.

Cancer treatment's secret weapon

This month's Providence inScope examines a powerful radiation treatment delivered during surgery. Radiation oncologists Christine Cha, M.D., and Matthew Solhjem, M.D., explain.

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