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October 17, 2016

Here are 15 hospitals and health systems that were able to save millions of dollars through partnerships, data gathering, and new operational programs, including the Fast Analytics team from UMHS/MSIS. Note: These hospitals are featured after responding to a public solicitation for case studies in how hospitals are saving money.

September 14, 2016

Today, more than 700 U-M IT professionals gathered to hear UMHS Chief Information Officer Andrew Rosenberg, M.D., announce the launch of Health Information Technology & Services — a new organization designed to leverage the best aspects of two accomplished information technology and services groups: Medical Center Information Technology and Medical School Information Services.

Health Information Technology & Services (H.I.T.S.) is designed to be a comprehensive, flexible information technology and services organization capable of supporting current and emerging needs across the health system -– while remaining committed to providing effective and efficient support for patients and their families, physicians, researchers, educators, students and staff.

August 26, 2016

Peer-reviewed, student-led publication brings U-M Medical School research to the scientific community

The U-M Medical School recently launched the Michigan Journal of Medicine, or MJM, a student-led, open access journal. MJM is being published by Michigan Publishing Services, part of the University Library, in collaboration with Medical School Information Services, or MSIS.

August 23, 2016

Bringing a valuable service to North Campus Research Complex (NCRC): MSIS is available wherever help is needed, whether it’s a lab, office, or conference room. In addition to their standard support locations, MSIS device support teams visit NCRC offices and labs to provide assistance so researchers can stay focused on their work. Whether contacted in person, via email, or an online request, MSIS’s goal is to complete the task in as few interactions as possible. See pages 44 and 45 for MSIS-specific information. 

August 8, 2016

"Fast" is the operative word for Jonathan Greenberg, IT director of the Fast Analytics team at the University of Michigan Health System, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. "There's an opportunity cost that's lost when you don't engage your customers when they're energetic," Greenberg said. "It's not perfect analytics, but it's fast, and it gets you 80% down the road in a couple of weeks instead of 100% in a couple of months." Although the organization's main enterprise system isn't a huge ERP platform, it is "epic" nonetheless: the electronic medical record (EMR) system sold by Epic Systems Corp. Medical practices use EMRs to manage patient records, coordinate care and account for finances. A key component is the revenue-cycle module that manages reimbursement from government agencies such as Medicare.

July 29, 2016

Imagine saving more than 10,000 hours a year, turning 4.5 hours of wait-time to 4.5 seconds, clearing 80% of someone’s road blocks in just an hour, and saving more than $ 3 million in the process!

That’s what happened when the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) adopted a self-service approach to analytics. The organization’s Fast Analytics team recently won the Project of the Year award in Health Data Management’s Analytics All-Stars Awards.

July 21, 2016

A Navy Seal-like analytics team at the University of Michigan Health System eliminated 10,000 hours of work and recovered $3 million in RAC money. Here’s how an experimental, try-and-fail approach helped them do it. Jonathan Greenberg, director of the Fast Analytics program for the University of Michigan Health System, describes his small team's approach to data crunching like this: "Break-it-down, have a quick success, have another quick success, build some momentum, and then start pulling things together in a larger way."

July 21, 2016

Healthcare Informatics has compiled together a five-story Special Report section on data analytics for its July/August print issue. This story about provider organizations making strides in their data analytics work is part of that special section.

As Healthcare Informatics reported as part of its Up and Coming health IT vendors’ section last issue, many data analytics companies have recently gained momentum because they address a pain point in the provider space. But other vendors in this segment, such as Seattle-based Tableau, offer data visualization products with a focus on business intelligence (BI). One of Tableau’s health system clients is the University of Michigan Health System, which has a Fast Analytics team whose job is to crunch data and assist more than 30 groups across the health system—which has three hospitals, 40 outpatient hospitals, and more than 140 clinics—with their dashboards.

Jonathan Greenberg, director of the five-member Fast Analytics team at U-M Health System, says the team’s core question that it asks itself over and over is, “How do we do reporting and analytics here better?”

July 21, 2016

In the July/August edition of Michigan IT Newsletter, UMHS Associate CIO Ted Hanss provided our U-M colleagues with an update regarding the status of the MCIT/MSIS Unification effort – focusing on our case-for-change, organizing principles, actions we’ve taken so far, and likely next steps. 

July 19, 2016

For the second straight year, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC) are a standard-bearer for excellence in information technology. UMHHC, including Medical School Information Services (MSIS), was recently named one of 2016’s Most Wired by the American Hospital Association Health Forum. The winners were recognized for their performance in adopting and implementing information technology to better serve patients and employees within the health system.

June 2, 2016

Connect with collaborators and meeting attendees anywhere in the world without worrying about compatibility of software, hardware, or devices using Blue Jeans.

Blue Jeans is free to all U-M Health System faculty, staff, students, and sponsored affiliates (such as UMHS, see the full list of participating units). The service offers a user-friendly interface, high-resolution telepresence videoconferencing, and real-time content and video sharing. Microsoft Lync users can connect seamlessly across the medical campus, and recorded Grand Rounds lectures may be watched on-demand.

May 24, 2016

MJM is being published by Michigan Publishing Services, part of the University Library, in collaboration with Medical School Information Services (MSIS).

As a recognized leader in medical education and biomedical research, the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) is committed to preparing physician scientists for leadership roles at the bedside as well as at the bench. While there are many programs that encourage students to conduct research, until now, there has been no established program that trains students to effectively evaluate and communicate the results of this research. (The story also ran in The University Record on May 23 and 24.)

May 6, 2016

Over a two-year period, Chris Goosman, an information services consultant with MSIS Audiovisual Services, worked closely with UMHS Facilities Planning and doctors and nurses from the Nyman Family Unit for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness to develop and install thoughtful and innovative audio-visual equipment that inspires comfort, safety, and healing. 

May 2, 2016

On April 12, 2016, the MLearning team of Medical School Information Services (MSIS), and the UMHS Educator Advisory Committee were proud to present the Learning Catalyst Awards to those that excel in staff education or teaching, and foster learning for UMHS faculty and staff. Several participants were honored for their passion, excellence, creativity, and innovation in support of staff member education, including knowledge, skills, and attitudes. 

April 7, 2016

Features include changes in Health System leadership, Hacks with Friends, Enriching Scholarship, and much more! 

March 21, 2016

Sponsored by U-M CIO Laura Patterson, Hacks with Friends is a spirited two day event where participants are encouraged to break out of their normal routines and have some fun forming a team, building a project (a.k.a. “hack”) from beginning to end, and showing it off in a fun, friendly competition.

March 2, 2016

About 40 IT professionals from across the university gathered to kick off the development stage of the U-M API Manager Project. Once completed, the project will benefit faculty, researchers, students, and developers by providing a consistent interface for finding and accessing APIs and establishing governance structures and guidelines for developing, accessing, and using APIs.

January 29, 2016

On January 29, colleagues from major Campus and UMHS IT groups, and other partners, joined together at Arbor Lakes to kick off the the development phase of the API Manager Project – which is being jointly sponsored by ITS, MCIT, and MSIS. Organizers hope that, once operational, the new API Manager will benefit faculty/researchers, as well as students, staff, and patients – across Campus, including the UMHS.