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Friday, May 26, 2017

We are caring for 712 inpatients today.

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Epic: What’s new

Due to Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, the Epic Status Report is in today’s Noon News.

See the Epic Status Report for May 30, 2017, for all updates and screenshots.


  • Visit Info navigator section updated to include Appt Notes
  • Updating Isolation status on patient identification line (PID) for admitted patients

Access and Revenue

  • Separating Ped Allergy/Pulmonary LIP department into two departments
  • New departments added

Epic Education

News: In The Loop

Security officers learn how to help save lives in emergencies

UI Hospitals and Clinics is giving its security guards the knowledge to help save lives. This week, officers learned how to identify and stop life-threatening bleeding in emergency situations.

Can fat ‘feel’ fat?

Researchers at the UI have discovered that a molecule which can sense the swelling of fat cells also controls a signaling pathway that allows fat cells to take up and store excess glucose. Mice missing this protein, known as SWELL1, gain less weight (fat) than normal mice on a high-fat diet, but also develop diabetes.

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

The UI Carver College of Medicine has announced its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, who will be honored on Thursday, June 8. Honorees include Thomas Boat, MD, R. Ariel Gomez, MD, Lewis Roberts, PhD, Steven Craig, MD, Willie Parker, MD, Katie Imborek, MD, and Joseph Walder, MD, PhD.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.

  • Zoraida Rebaza will offer cello music in the Meditation Room (Level 12) of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 28. Questions? Contact Noelle Andrew, associate director of spiritual and interpreting services, at 356-0470.
  • Project Art presents Nina Bernat in a piano and double bass recital at noon Monday, May 29, in the Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1).
  • Ride4Youth, a bicycle ride fundraiser by the UI Carver College of Medicine Boulware Learning Community, will be on Sunday, June 4. The ride benefits United Action for Youth in Iowa City and Waypoint Services in Cedar Rapids. Routes range from 12 to 104 miles, with start sites in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Sign up at
  • Attend “Hemostatic Resuscitation,” presented by Richard Dutton, MD, from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the Ziffren Conference Room (Elevator H, Level 1). Dutton is chief quality officer with US Anesthesia Partners and an anesthesiologist at Baylor University Medical Center.


  • The Medical Museums, the Patients’ Library, and the Janice and Bruce Ellig Children’s Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30.
  • Noon News will not be published on Monday, May 29, in honor of Memorial Day.
  • Forbes magazine has again included UI Health Care in its annual listing of “America’s Best Employers.” Employees may add the following tagline to their email signatures: “University of Iowa Health Care named by Forbes as one of ‘America’s Best Large Employers.’” Visit The Loop to see an example.
  • All Voalte users should attend classroom training or participate in one of the elbow-to-elbow sessions on a unit to learn about the platform upgrade that will make your work life easier. In preparation for the Voalte Platform Upgrade on Monday, June 12, a freeze of the Voalte Directory will occur. No changes will be made to the current Voalte directory after today. Directory edits will resume after go-live on the Voalte Platform on June 12.
  • HCIS will update their Help Desk Self Service page on Thursday, June 1, to a new portal called ESC (Enterprise Service Center) Customer Self Service Portal ( You will be able to submit tickets, view the status of your tickets, reset your password, and more. Questions? Email or call 356-0001.

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • The Michaelson Lab is recruiting participants to take part in a genetic research study of autism, pediatric epilepsy, developmental delay, intellectual disability, and language impairment. Family members of affected individuals are also eligible to participate. For more information, contact Brooke McKenna at or visit

Outside UI Health Care

Historic City Park rides to open on Saturday in Iowa City

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the opening of the City Park rides, KCRG reports. The rides, including the City Park express train, the fishy-go-round, and the carousel, will be open every day this summer, starting tomorrow from 1 to 7 p.m.

Shrinking Chicago: Only major US city to lose population in 2016

Chicago was the only city among the nation’s 20 largest to lose population in 2016, Chicago Tribune reports. According to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Chicago’s population fell by 8,638 residents between 2015 and 2016 to 2,704,958.

Taliban kill 15 at Afghan army base in Kandahar

At least 15 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack today by the Taliban on a military base in Kandahar province, BBC reports. The U.S. and other NATO allies are considering sending thousands of troops to support the Afghan military.

Low physical activity increases risk of bladder, kidney cancer

A chronic lack of physical activity can drastically increase the chances of developing cancer in the bladder and kidneys, Medical News Today reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports almost 57,000 adults have kidney and renal pelvis cancer.

Are you an addict? Turns out we’re all tech junkies

AntiSocial, an app created by an Australian software company, found people spend about two hours a day on their smartphones, ABC reports. Australian men unlock their phones more than anyone in the world—on average 45 to 46 times a day, while for Australian women it is around 42 times.

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