Tag Archives: Michigan Medicine

Home for Dinner: HITS aims to reduce physician burnout

By | December 6, 2019

Last year, HITS instituted a program called Home for Dinner, to help physicians use MiChart more efficiently. Provider exhaustion is a significant issue across the medical community. While MiChart, the electronic health record (EHR) at Michigan Medicine, can enhance coordination and quality of care, it can also have unintended negative consequences. Michigan Medicine providers are spending significant time… Read More »

Remote access to Michigan Medicine Outlook changing November 21

Due to an increased threat of phishing attacks targeted at Michigan Medicine, remote access to Outlook email will change on November 21. Michigan Medicine email users will need to connect to the VPN or use Outlook on the Web anytime they are off the Michigan Medicine network. This change only impacts laptop or desktop computers — accessing email on… Read More »

Michigan Medicine hosts 2019 HDAA Conference

By | November 12, 2019

During the week of October 21, 2019, healthcare data and analytics practitioners from across the U.S. and Canada descended upon Ann Arbor to participate in the annual conference of the Healthcare Data & Analytics Association (HDAA)—hosted by Michigan Medicine. The theme of this year’s conference was The Art of Data & Analytics. Almost 400 attendees from more than 140… Read More »

Building research IT services and partnerships

By | November 7, 2019

The relationship between research and IT is complex. Erin Dietrich, HITS senior director, and her team team are on a mission to strengthen the relationship between researchers and HITS, improve the customer experience, and raise awareness of IT services. “In developing a strategy and vision for research IT, we have focused on defining the services needed to support… Read More »

Michigan Medicine offers a free password manager for its employees

Michigan Medicine employees and students are required to use passwords to access various applications and business systems in their daily work. Because it can be difficult to keep track of multiple passwords, some people choose a simple password they can remember (e.g., their date of birth, a pet’s name, or another easily discovered piece of personal information), keep… Read More »

Michigan Medicine researchers make sleep trackers more effective

Michigan Medicine researchers have developed an algorithm to be used with consumer sleep trackers. The algorithm, built by post-doctoral research fellow in neurology Olivia Walch, outperforms expensive medical trackers. The University of Michigan algorithm could be used on consumer wearable devices in the future and would be a more transparent, scientifically rigorous tool.

Virtual medical visits get wary welcome from older adults, poll finds

By | October 3, 2019

A new national poll carried out by the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation with support from AARP and Michigan Medicine suggests that people over 50 aren’t quite ready to fully embrace virtual health visits with their doctors and other providers — also known as telehealth. Only 4 percent of those polled had a video-based telehealth visit with a provider via smartphone or computer… Read More »

Technology supports Virtual Care at Michigan Medicine

What exactly is “virtual care?” Perhaps you envision someone sitting at home on the couch, clutching a box of tissues in one hand and FaceTime/Skype chatting with their doctor in the other? Or a parent on the phone with the pediatrician’s office, hoping to find out why their child’s fever isn’t responding to over-the-counter medications? Although these are… Read More »

Deploying technology, enhancing care: Q&A with Carleen Penoza

Carleen Penoza became Michigan Medicine’s chief nursing informatics officer in April. As CNIO, she leads the strategic planning and deployment of technology for nursing. She previously served as the director of inpatient applications and interim senior director for clinical and operational applications in Health Information Technology & Services (HITS). Michigan Medicine Headlines recently caught up with Penoza to… Read More »

Michigan Medicine makes AI, machine learning a top tech priority

The academic medical center of the University of Michigan is leveraging investments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced analytics to unlock the value of its health data. According to Andrew Rosenberg, chief information officer for Michigan Medicine, the organization currently has 34 ongoing AI and machine learning projects, 28 of which have principal investigators. “There’s a lot… Read More »

Michigan Medicine replaces medication dispensing cabinets with new technology

Michigan Medicine is upgrading its automated medication dispensing cabinets across the health system and ambulatory care sites. BD Pyxis, will replace Omnicell, a tool used for nearly 20 years. Med Inn, Taubman, Cancer Center, and UH South began using BD Pyxis dispensing cabinets this month. Additional sites will go-live on a rolling basis this summer and fall. “Once… Read More »

Precision Health announces analytics platform

By | June 20, 2019

With U-M Precision Health’s new Analytics Platform, researchers across campus now have access to genetic data, clinical data, and tools previously available only to Michigan Medicine faculty and other level-two password holders. This platform, developed by Precision Health’s Data Analytics & IT workgroup, provides campus-wide access to research tools such as DataDirect and services such as consultation with scientific facilitators. “This… Read More »

Reduced availability to the MWireless-UMHS WiFi network

Michigan Medicine is taking steps to protect its network and resources, while also encouraging a safe and non-threatening work environment. Beginning June 5, MWireless-UMHS will no longer be available in ambulatory, inpatient, or administrative buildings. The WiFi network can continue to be used in some medical research facilities. “About 5,000 faculty, staff, students, and sponsored users regularly connect devices… Read More »

Michigan Medicine to host national data and analytics conference

Share your expertise, creative solutions, and new ideas at the Healthcare Data & Analytics Association (HDAA) 2019 Annual Conference in October! This year’s conference theme is “The Art of Data & Analytics.” Submit your idea for a presentation, poster, roundtable, or panel by April 2. HDAA is a volunteer-led organization focused on sharing the most current data and… Read More »

Protecting medical devices from cybersecurity threats

Medical devices capable of transmitting health information and connecting to Michigan Medicine’s networks offer improvements to the effective delivery of patient care, but they also may introduce privacy and security concerns. Michigan Medicine’s Information Assurance (IA) program has been raising awareness of these concerns and developing new approaches to address these vulnerabilities. As a major step, Michigan Medicine… Read More »

Skype for Business rolls out to Michigan Medicine

  In November, Skype for Business “dial-in conferencing” became available to all of Michigan Medicine as the organization’s primary business communication tool for audio/video conferencing. This feature enables users to set up or join an online conference directly through their Outlook calendars. Additional contact, support, and PIN information is included in meeting invites so users can now invite… Read More »

Michigan Medicine announces launch of Michigan Healthcare Security Operations Center

By | October 4, 2018

With the launch of the Michigan Healthcare Security Operations Center, Michigan Medicine is among the first in the nation working with four other healthcare organizations to continuously monitor and improve cybersecurity. The MI-HSOC is a group of highly-skilled teams that leverage shared technologies, process, and skills to prevent, detect, analyze, and respond to cybersecurity events. The new shared environment,… Read More »

HITS: Windows 10 is on a roll

Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) continues to migrate Windows devices throughout Michigan Medicine on a rolling basis, location by location, with great success. The department has currently upgraded over 12,000 devices from Windows 7 to Windows 10 — about a third of the overall Windows fleet. With this upgrade, users are also getting the latest versions of some of… Read More »

Michigan Medicine upgrading to Windows 10

Microsoft recently announced that it will be ending its support of Windows 7 — the operating system (OS) on most Michigan Medicine CoreImage devices. To get a step ahead of the transition, Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) has already begun to migrate CoreImage PCs to the Windows 10 operating system in several locations. There are more than 36,000… Read More »