Tag Archives: Michigan Medicine

Amid restricted visitor policies, Zoom and FaceTime are a lifeline

It goes without saying that COVID-19 changed many things at Michigan Medicine. One major change has been the restricted hospital visitor policy, significantly limiting the number of people and time visitors can spend with a patient. For clinicians, this has upended patient-family communications, typically conducted face-to-face.  “Not being able to share information with families in-person has been a… Read More »

Project Health Schools responds to remote learning environment

By | June 12, 2020

Project Healthy Schools is a community-Michigan Medicine collaboration designed to reduce childhood obesity and improve the current and future health of Michigan’s youth.  Through lessons and wellness activities, Project Healthy Schools enables middle school students to increase physical activity, eat healthier, and understand how nutrition and activity influence their lifelong health. When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer canceled classroom instruction… Read More »

Virtual care at Michigan Medicine explodes amid COVID-19 pandemic

By | April 30, 2020

On March 9, Michigan Medicine treated its first COVID-19 patient, one of two in the state, prompting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to mandate that non-essential workers “Stay Home and Stay Safe.” To Michigan Medicine ambulatory care clinics, this meant deferring all in-person, non-critical appointments and elective surgeries, creating a backlog of appointments that pushed virtual care to the forefront.… Read More »

Andrew Rosenberg named 100 hospital and health system CIOs to know

Michigan Medicine CIO Andrew Rosenberg was recently named one of the “100 hospital and health system CIOs to know” by Becker’s Hospital Review.  The executives featured on the list lead technology and health IT initiatives for hospitals and health systems across the U.S., overseeing EHR installations, cybersecurity, data management, and telemedicine services. See the full list.

Pragmatic innovation: CIO Dr. Andrew Rosenberg’s approach to new tech investment

Innovation in healthcare often requires a technology component and significant cultural change. As a result, it’s not always possible on a tight timeline. However, new initiatives focused on solving real and immediate problems in the healthcare space will gain priority and the necessary resources to get the job done. Andrew Rosenberg, MD, CIO of Michigan Medicine, has first-hand… Read More »

MiCME enables health providers to stay current

By | January 3, 2020

Beginning in 2016, and continuing with a major effort in 2018, the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning (OCME&LL) worked with several groups within HITS to retire and replace the old system for tracking continuing medical education (CME). Known as eCat or Orange Card, the old system was replaced with a more streamlined, electronic service called… Read More »

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 »