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Monday, April 15, 2019

We are caring for 708 inpatients and have 4,179 outpatient visits today.

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Broadcasts: Need to know

VPMA Focus Forum tomorrow to provide UI Health Care financial overview

UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, will host a Focus Forum for UI Health Care employees from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the John H. Staley East Room (Elevator D, Level 8), with Brad Haws, MBA, associate vice president and chief financial officer.

Can’t get there in person? Watch it live streamed. Questions may be submitted in advance to

Epic: What’s new

Epic service interruption at 1 a.m. tomorrow

See the Epic Status Report for April 16, 2019, for all updates and screenshots:


  • Change to FastPass login for workroom computers
  • New Acute Issue/Provider Note

Access and Revenue

  • New departments

Epic Education Resources

News: In The Loop

An inside look into UI Hospitals & Clinics AirCare team

The UI Hospitals & Clinics AirCare team takes around 800 flights a year, The Daily Iowan reports. The average time from receiving a call to getting off the ground? Seven minutes.

Updates from internal medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases

Daniel Diekema, MD, MS, highlights a number of recent cross-disciplinary collaborations that have led to a better understanding of infectious diseases.

Kidney brothers for life

Shawn-Brooklyn and Christopher share a special connection: They each received a kidney from the same donor.

How can we be sure artificial intelligence is safe for medical use?

When Merdis Wells visited a diabetes clinic in New Orleans, a nurse practitioner checked her eyes for diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of blindness, NPR reports. The practitioner used an AI system invented by the UI’s Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.


  • Vote for this year’s Great Catch winner by Friday, April 19. The winner will be announced during Patient Safety Week (April 29 to May 3).
  • Surplus Roundup is being held through April 30 to collect old or unwanted office equipment. Place a surplus sticker on your items. See details on The Loop, and call 319-356-2277 for stickers or questions.
  • Need new glasses? Stop by UI Optical during April for 20 percent off eyewear, two locations in Pomerantz Family Pavilion (Elevator L, Level 2) and UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing (Level 2). Don’t forget to schedule an eye exam at 319-356-2852.

Outside UI Health Care

TaJuan Wilson named associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion

TaJuan Wilson, from the Medical University of South Carolina, has been named the UI’s new associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Iowa Now reports.

Core course offered to UI students addresses dangers of farming

The UI addresses the growing problem through a focus on agricultural safety and education by offering students a core course on the topic, The Daily Iowan reports.

Cycle for a ‘century’ at the first Trueblood 100 Family Bike Ride

Casual bike riders and serious cyclists will have a new way to celebrate National Bike Month in Iowa City with the inaugural Trueblood 100 Family Bike Ride, Little Village Magazine reports.

World’s largest plane makes first flight over California

The world’s largest aircraft took off in California, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems Corp., as the company enters the lucrative private space market, Reuters reports.

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