Epic to get an upgrade; optimization back in focus
A software update is planned for early next year while optimization begins for ambulatory, impatient and programs. – Todd Guenzburger, M.D., chief medical information officer, Oregon Region

With stage 2, Meaningful Use kicks up a notch
Discharged ED patients can now see their lab results in MyChart. Learn more about this and other details on the second stage of this electronic health records incentive program.

Need to calculate ASCVD risk? There’s an app for that
Providence cardiologist Ty Gluckman, M.D., FACC, FAHA was a driving force behind a new mobile app that helps patients and providers estimate atherosclerotic risk and determine treatment under the revised lipid guidelines.

The April 1 deadline for ICD-10 clinical, dual-coding is near
Providers in clinics and hospitals are required to begin documenting in ICD-10 in just five weeks. Get the details on what you need to know for this first phase of implementation and check out education courses at The Commons.

Epic is a powerful tool, but beware its hidden hazards 
As a recent sentinel event uncovered, careless use of automation or habits of convenience have the potential for a disastrous outcome. – Steven D. Freer, M.D., FACP, Isidor Brill Chair, PSVMC Department of Medicine

Key meaningful-use deadline may be extended
Although providers could have more time to comply with the second phase of the electronic health records incentive program, the 2014 start date still holds. – William Olson, chief financial officer, Oregon Region

Providence toughens no-snooping rule
With wider access to electronic health records throughout the system, Providence is further safeguarding our patients' confidential records with a new tool that monitors inappropriate access to protected patient information. Physicians, clinicians and employees who access these records without a professional need will face corrective action.

Electronic security: Are you protecting your patients?
As mobile technology improves, new security demands emerge. The following security practices can help you ensure you’re protecting patient information while you
use mobile devices.

Optimizing Epic for your and your patients
Now that our new electronic health records system is operating at all Oregon hospitals, we're embarking on a new phase of work. We'll be making our technology systems work for us rather than us working for our technology. – Todd Guenzburger, M.D., chief medical information officer, Oregon Region

Is your practice ready for cost transparency?
Online comparison shopping is coming to health care – and it may affect your practice and patient volumes more than you think. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

New Epic reports make care transitions easier
New reports containing important patient care information from Epic are now attached to existing notifications to primary care providers

Program will allow surgeons to sharpen, showcase their skills
With simulators and a specially outfitted OR, Providence Portland Medical Center will expand its training for laparoscopic, robotic-assisted and endoscopy procedures. – Scott Foster, M.D., executive, Providence Regional Surgery Program, and Shaghayegh Aliabadi-Whale, M.D., regional director of surgery

Providence Portland's Epic go-live the smoothest yet
PPMC had the highest number of providers who attended a provider optimization workshop, the highest percentage of electronic orders at this stage and the lowest number of trouble tickets compared to similar sized hospitals. – Michael Phillips, M.D., and Steve Bunnage, M.D., physician champions