Two Epic Upgrades Coming in December

There are two important Epic upgrades coming in December.

  • December 7 – 2019 System Upgrade
    • The next system update to Epic goes live December 7th at 1:00 AM. Check out the Epic Report Support Site for a full deck of upgrade slides.
    • Beginning October 28, providers can also begin practicing with the new Epic layouts and features in the Epic Playground.
    • There will be drop-in help days established in the near future so any provider can drop-in and get some help with the new updates, as needed.
  • December 17 – MyChart Proxy Access update
    • UI Health Care has decided to provide parents and legal guardians with full access to their child’s information via MyChart up until 14. At that point, they can continue to view their child’s MyChart account, but with a limited level of access to information. They can print immunization records, send messages to clinic staff, and pay bills. Additionally, parents and legal guardians always have access to any portion of their child’s medical record to which they are legally entitled. They can request this information via MyChart or in a letter addressed to Health Information Management Department.
    • This change from full to limited access in MyChart for parents and legal guardians when the child turns age 14 will go into effect on December 17, 2019.
    • Additionally, if the patient has a long-term chronic illness, we have now created a new type of MyChart Parental/Legal Guardian (Unrestricted) Access.  This allows providers to grant full parental/legal guardian access after the child turns 14 years old.  This access is good for one year and needs to be renewed annually if appropriate.  Providers will need to have private conversations with both the patient and parent/legal guardian before access can be granted. 
    • Additional resources can be found here or here.

Drs. Colburn and Modi Honored in Corridor Business Journal

Far left: Michael Colburn; Far right: Arun Modi

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Colburn (Adolescent Medicine) and Dr. Arun Modi (Hem/Onc) as being named to the Corridor Business Journal’s ‘Forty Under 40’ List of individuals who have made a significant impact in their business and community.

Dr. Colburn directs the Adolescent Medicine Clinic at IRL; and Dr. Modi manages the bone marrow transplant (BMT) service.

Bruene Wins ASPMN Clinical Poster Award

Congratulations to Deb Bruene, MA, RN-BC on winning the Clinical Poster Award at the 29th National Conference of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) that was held in Portland September 18-20, 2019.

Deb is the Nursing Practice Leader for Pediatric Pain Management in the children’s hospital. Her poster was titled “Keys to Successful Implementation of a Jet Injector to Decrease Needle Pain“.

September is Now Newborn Screening Awareness Month in Iowa

Family members and Newborn Screening Program (NBS)  staff with Governor Kim Reynolds. Carol Johnson, Program Coordinator for the NBS program from the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics is on the far right, with her granddaughter, Lillian.

Due to the work of the individuals in our Iowa Newborn Screening (NBS) program, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recently signed a proclamation designating the month of September as Newborn Screening Awareness Month in Iowa!

Congratulations to all the NBS staff in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics for all they do for newborns and their families.

Watkinson Named Nurse of the Year by National Hemophilia Foundation

Congratulations to Karla Watkinson, RN on receiving the Nurse of the Year Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation!

Nominated by Tami Bullock, Karla has proven to be a great resource and pillar for the many individuals and families at the University of Iowa Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center for nearly 30 years. She is admired for her dedication and kindness to the bleeding disorder community.

The award will be officially presented at the NHF Bleeding Disorders Conference at the Marriott Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Congratulations, Karla!

Dr. Lindower and Dr. Ahrens to Perform at The Mill

Dr. Julie Lindower (center) and Dr. Dick Ahrens, among others, will perform at The Mill on July 20 at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Julie Lindower (neonatology, Clinical Associate Professor) invites all colleagues to come to the Mill in Iowa City to hear her sing and perform on bass guitar with some outstanding musicians including consummate Iowa City guitarist John Lake, UI faculty Gary Baumbach and Dick Ahrens (Pulmonary Medicine, Professor Emeritus), Iowa City guitarist Jeremy Cohen, and “Recliners” drummer Woody Sims, among others. The event will highlight musicians both young and not so young! A variety of artists will be represented from Queen to Panic at the Disco to Bonnie Raitt.

For every colleague from any division or department who attends and says hi, Julie will make a donation to support children and families cared for at Stead Family Children’s Hospital.