April 2018

IUSOM GME 3rd Annual Patient Safety & Quality Day Seminar


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IU Health Orthopedic Conference - Management of Back and Leg Disorders Related to the Adult and Pediatric Spine

2018 Physician Professional Evaluation & Management (E/M) Coding Education Sessions

IU Health Corporate Compliance will be providing evaluation and management documentation education as well as guidance on cloning, teaching physician guidelines, billing based on time, signature requirements, split/shared services, timeliness of documentation and medical necessity.

This education will take place at the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) in the Ruth Lilly Learning Center Conference Rooms A & B.

No registration is required. Providers can attend any session they choose. The sessions will all contain the same information. Please keep in mind; the rooms hold approximately 50 people, so seating is limited.

The sessions will be from 5 – 7 pm unless otherwise noted below:

  • Wednesday, April 25
  • Wednesday, May 16
  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18; (4 – 6 pm)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17; (4 – 6 pm)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19


IU Health Launching State's First Mobile Stroke Unit in April

Thanks to a gift from the IU Health Foundation, IU Health is participating in the state's first mobile stroke unit.  The mobile stroke unit is an ambulance equipped with a CT scanner to identify potential candidates for tPA.  Studies have suggested these mobile units reduce treatment times by 30 minutes or more.  

In partnership with Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the unit will respond to emergency calls reporting symptoms of a stroke. The unit will also have a neurologist, nurse, CT scan technologist, emergency medical technician, and a paramedic aboard to provide diagnostic tools, stroke expertise and therapeutic treatment at the site of the emergency.

 For more information and updates click here


Pediatric Informatics Insider Newsletter from Dr. Emily Webber, CMIO of Riley Children's Hospital


Physician notes: updates on signing and verifying

  •  On March 1st, we made a change to Cerner EMR so that resident physicians should now be shown as the author, but attending physicians verify those notes upon signing.
  • Great news for our medical students and faculty - new CMS guidelines can make you more efficient!  (That is not a typo.) Medical student notes verified instead of repeating.  Updates to our attestation statements is coming this month.

Who Moved my cheese?  Changes to desktop appearances on clinical workstations

Changes to our clinical workstations and computers are necessary to keep our system secure and can change the appearance and performance you use every day - in workrooms, wards and ORs.  The first step was taken earlier this month when we updated our clinical workstations at Riley. 

After the most recent update, many noted changes in their access to Microsoft Office tools – items may be viewed but not edited. 

Here are some tips:

  1. DO: Make sure to use all the features of the Cerner EMR, using existing patient lists and secure handoff tools are the right choice. Don’t copying and paste protected health information (PHI) into Microsoft Office documents.  This is not recommended,
  2. DO: Use the cloud! If you’re on a common workstation and need Microsoft Office, you can still get there.  If you have an IUSM email address, you may utilize Microsoft Office 365 to edit and create document, presentations, etc.  on almost any workstation.
  3. Do: keep your cool. If you believe a workstation must have Microsoft and was erroneously updated, please notify me or Dorshell Bruce.

These types of updates are critical to keep the machines running and safe from cyberattack, and also preparing for things like virtual desktop and badge access to our clinical stations.

All about DynDoc: the new way to write a note

 What is it?

 Dynamic Documentation, or DynDoc, is the new way to create a note in Cerner EMR.

Why does this matter to me? 

The technology behind PowerNotes is rapidly becoming outdated, and advantages to DynDoc continue to grow, including features that are only available in DynDoc (not available in PowerNote).  DynDoc has proven intuitive and efficient both internally in pilot groups here at IU Health, as well as at other Cerner clients with large academic centers, busy clinics and complex patients.  For these reasons,  PowerNotes are expected to be fully replaced by DynDoc at IU Health by mid-2019.  Read more about the pilot year of DynDoc here.

What’s different?

The DynDoc process operates faster than a PowerNote and takes advantage of the chart review process to generate a note. 

It also produces a cleaner note that is easier to read:

  • The fonts match, and there is less wasted space.
  • DynDoc doesn’t require you to save the note and leave it to check information (saves clicks).
  • DynDoc uses ‘tagging’ to capture data you want to include later, and allows for contributions from forms and other fields more smoothly.

How do I find out more?

  • Test it out for yourself:
    • Access the workflow by clicking “Provider View
    • Videos (all less than 5 minutes) are available on how to use DynDoc:  
    • The Riley Clinical informatics team is hosting open labs several times a month to provide hands on coaching, contact them to learn more RileyISTeam@iuhealth.org


Upcoming Education Event: “Advanced Patient Safety Concepts in Transgender Care”


Click here to view flyer and CME information.

BLS/ACLS/PALS Certification Courses for Residents, Fellows and Medical Students

IU School of Medicine residents, fellows and medical students are eligible to complete their initial certification, or recertification, for American Heart Assocation (AHA) approved Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses offered by IU Health at no cost.  Advanced certification courses fill up quickly and typically require registration a months in advance.

IU Health policy requires that all medical students, residents and fellows maintain a current BLS certification.  Residents and fellows may require additional advanced certifications (i.e., ACLS, PALS, ATLS, NRP) in accordance with their program requirements.


Course calendar and registration can be found at the Center for Physician Education website (https://iuhealthcpe.org/web/bls) utilizing the same username and password used to complete your mandatory education modules. 



Course calendar can be found at bottom of page:  https://iuhealthcpe.org/web/bls


For questions or issues with registration please contact docs@iuhealth.org or 317.962.2222.  


Indiana Hospital Association's (IHA) Alliance for a Healthier Indiana Hits the Road in 2018 - Indianapolis Summit on April 13th

The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana is a coalition of health care professionals, advocates, and community and business leaders from across the state who are committed to improving Hoosier health. For more information on the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana and the health care issues facing the state, visit HealthierIndiana.org.

The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana is hosting a series of town hall meetings in 2018 to discuss public health issues plaguing the state. Between April and October, the State of Our Health Road Show will stop in 17 Hoosier cities, from Fort Wayne and Evansville to East Chicago and Madison. The tour kicks off April 13 with the Indiana State of Our Health Summit in Indianapolis. Click here for more information.


4th Annual Vascular Symposium: Emphasis Primary Care on April 27th


The Fourth Annual Vascular Symposium: Emphasis Primary Care will focus on past topics that were well-received and expand on some suggestions from past participants provided by post symposium CME feedback.  We would like to retain the primary care provider focus since interface at that level of care will ultimately determine when care is appropriate and obtained in a timely fashion.  The symposium will address the most up-to-date diagnosis and management of vascular issues that primary care providers may be faced with daily including VTE management (in particular long-term issues), PAD and when to refer, renal disease including dialysis, diabetes and vascular issues, and some aspects of the Quality Era of reimbursement. 


Date & Location

Friday, April 27, 2018 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM   Hine Hall, Indianapolis, IN 
Click here for more information or to register

Target Audience

Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Surgery 

IHA Webinar Series: Helping Hospitals Address the Opioid Crisis

The Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) will be hosting a six-part webinar series starting this spring to help address the opioid crisis.  The first webinar in the series takes place on April 10 from 3-4pm "Adopt ED Opioid Prescribing Guidelines" for addressing paid in the ED.

Click here for registration information or for more information go to IHAconnect.org

Clinical IS Update: Smoking Cessation Referral


In an effort to raise our community's health, across the state of Indiana, IU Health is adding the option to make a patient-consented referral to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline for their smoking cessation program.  Click here for the last Clinical IS Update.

Indiana CTSI Bloomington Retreat "Science as a Solution to Indiana's Opioid Crisis"


WHEN:  April 25th from 8am-2:30pm

WHERE:  IU Bloomington Campus

              Franklin Hall, 601 E. Kirkwood Avenue

Click here for agenda and registration information


Questions or comments? Email docs@iuhealth.org or call 317-962-2222

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