Epic’s ‘Beaker’ to go live Oct. 11 at UCH, Memorial

The clinical laboratories at University of Colorado Health are closing in on the go-live date for a major computer-system change. At midnight on Oct. 11, University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and Memorial Hospital are slated to switch from their Cerner-based electronic systems to Beaker, which is part of the Epic applications suite. Poudre Valley Hospital […]

Preparing once again to Shoo the Flu

The bright, sunny, end-of-summer weather gives little indication of the winter days ahead. But be aware: Flu season looms once again. During the upcoming influenza season, University of Colorado Health will likely see hundreds of hospital admissions and thousands of sick patients at emergency and primary care locations. For some UCHealth leaders and staff, preparations […]

Clinical Choreography Leads to Stroke Save

On the morning of May 6, Krystal Albaugh stood in the Colorado Springs classroom of her five-year-old daughter Avryanna. As Albaugh munched on a muffin and talked to another parent, she began to feel strange. The room spun and her eyes crossed. She lost feeling in her right arm and leg. The last words she […]

UCHealth Pumps it up for Patient Safety

University of Colorado Health is poised to join a small group of institutions that have combined two powerful technologies in the service of patient safety. The project, which initially launches Nov. 10 at University of Colorado Hospital, integrates Alaris programmable medication pumps with the Epic electronic health record (EHR). Patient-specific medication orders – patient name, […]

Partnership with Broncos Could be 12th Man for UCHealth

On the Chinese zodiac, the year of the horse was last year. For University of Colorado Health, it arrived last week. The public relations fireworks came with the announcement July 30 that UCHealth and the Denver Broncos had finalized a partnership agreement that includes naming the team’s 115,000-square-foot Englewood training facility the “UCHealth Training Center.” […]

New UCH Leader Plans to Bring Lessons from UPMC West

Less than a month after John Harney’s retirement, University of Colorado Hospital announced that Will Cook will be the hospital’s next president and CEO. Cook, who arrives from UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), will take the helm in September.In a July 24 email announcing Cook’s appointment, University of Colorado Health President and CEO Liz […]

Preventive Care Benefits Both Patients and Insurers

Just two words encompass a transformation taking place in patient care: population health. But its simplicity is deceptive. This concept requires health care providers and systems change the ways they think about delivering care, said Jean Haynes, recently named the first Chief Population Health Officer for University of Colorado Health. “Population Health is about promoting health, early […]

‘Slicer Dicer’ Could Be Next Cutting-edge Tracking Tool

A new Epic tool launched last month at University of Colorado Health aims to help physicians dig through data that defines their patients’ needs. Loads of information about conditions, diagnoses, treatments, demographics and social history lie buried in the Epic electronic health record (EHR), waiting to be tapped. In traditional evidence-based practice, researchers mine the information […]

UCHealth Readies Release of New Conflict-of-Interest Survey

University of Colorado Health employees at the managerial level and above will soon receive a survey compliance leaders hope will stave off potentially sticky situations. The electronic questionnaire, slated to be sent out via Survey Monkey in June, contains questions about employees’ and their family members’ potential conflicts of interest with the organization. Problem areas […]

Telestroke Continues to Stretch Patient Care Boundaries

Dr. William Jones sits in front of a computer in a small, sparsely furnished room just off the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at University of Colorado Hospital. On the screen, Jones views a room hundreds of miles away, one that he’s able to move about at will with a few clicks of the mouse. After […]