“Clinical change management is a team sport that requires the participation of a large number of stakeholders,” according to Dirk Stanley, MD, CMIO at UConn Health. In the second of a two-part series, he aims to “dispel the misunderstandings and confusions” around the roles of applied clinical informaticist and clinical IT analyst.
Informaticists can be hard to find – but not in the way you might think. “They can sometimes be hidden,” wrote Dirk Stanley, MD, CMIO at UConn Health. In the first of a two-part series, he discussed why it’s difficult to establish a job description and how to establish a need for the role.
When it comes to clinical informatics, some believe discussing details is “getting too into the weeds.” Dirk Stanley, MD, however, takes a different stance. “Clinical teams need you to care about the details, so that you can develop the complete blueprints that will help build great workflows,” he wrote in the second of a two-part series.
Document management may not sound too exciting; that is, “until you learn about how it impacts your infrastructure and operations.” In this piece, Dirk Stanley, MD, CMIO at UConn Health, provides guidance for knowing and understanding the different components of applied clinical informatics.
In healthcare, it simply isn’t possible to avoid unexpected clinical scenarios, according to Dirk Stanley, MD, CMIO at UConn Health. However, “with the right planning and tools, you can help your staff reach ordering or covering providers to communicate these important messages and close the loop on important patient care.”
A successful meeting is one in which leaders are able to anticipate different needs and generate a productive discussion to help solve a defined problem. Failure to execute on this can be costly, particularly in healthcare, according to Dirk Stanley, MD, CMIO at UConn Health.
Like cardiac myocytes, clinical leaders and team members can function perfectly fine as individual units, but “we function even better as well-organized, well-synchronized team,” according to Dirk Stanley, MD, who draws an interesting comparison in this blog.
“The only right way to deal with people is forthrightly and honestly. If mistakes are made, admit them and correct them.” It may not be the most contemporary guidance, but many years later the words hold true, according to Dirk Stanley, MD, who shares a gem from way back.
For Dirk Stanley, MD, CMIO at UConn Health, the key to becoming a “document whisperer” for clinical workflow design and EMR support was in understanding how the two concepts are related, and then developing workflows that are “quick, easy-to-use, and functionally sound.”
How is applied clinical informatics like a kitchen utensil drawer? In this piece, Dirk Stanley, MD, CMIO at UConn Health, uses an unconventional example to demonstrate “why workflow analysis, naming conventions, indexing, and usability all really do matter.”