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It’s the Night Before Go Live December 31, 2010

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THE NIGHT BEFORE GO LIVE

By Joe Cladouhos, CEO

‘Twas the night before Go Live, and all through the halls,

The staffers were placing the COWS in their stalls.

All monitors blinking – they needed some rest,

The Build was now over, is Prod up to the test?

The patients were nestled all snug in their beds,

While digitized records danced in their heads;

When down in the ER there arose such a clatter,

Hollys sprang from her office to see what was the matter.

Cindy said, “Call Sue – it’s the PYXIS gone crazy!”

Lauren cried “robots?”, but her thoughts were still hazy.

Jill then appeared – presenting a rash –

Up from the Clinic where she’d made a mad dash,

“Our COWS have escaped – we must call the Sheriff!”

(Without Meaningful Use, we’ll need a new tariff),

Call Nathan in Kooskia – maybe he’s seen them?

Without all those COWS, Go Live will be mayhem.

Lisa and Betty – they’re both such great guys –

Provided the search party with some supplies,

While Janice and Katy ran reports from EmPower,

The COWS were found having one last happy hour.

Yvonne will know how to rev up those cattle,

To get them corralled for tomorrow night’s battle.

Cerner will join us, as we begin prov’in,

That Syringa knows how to get an EHR MOOO-vin!

Then Darla appeared, to say beaming and bright,

“Happy GO LIVE to all, and to all a GOOD-night!”

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Go On Till You Come to the End December 3, 2010

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From a bittbox.com tutorial.

The very last scene of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland finds Alice at the trial of the Knave of Hearts, who stole some tarts. Like all her adventures, this one proved confusing:  The verdict was given before the evidence, and the witnesses received sentences of, “Off with his head!”

But in one still moment of clarity in the convoluted courtroom scene, the King of Hearts, presiding over the action, told a witness, “Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end; then stop.”

The next four weeks until we Go Live with Cerner will be a rush of a million last minute details: competency exams, scenario testing, workflow assessment, equipment upgrades, and training. This amazing choreography of changing the way we document patient care can confuse and frustrate, resulting in barking and snarking.

However, once we get to the final performance of this complex dance – after hours of long practice and sore muscles – the astonishing beauty of all the parts coming together in perfect harmony is breathtaking. Or, so I believe because this is one of the things I practice every day before breakfast! (Click here)

In the next four weeks we must, over and over again, “begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end,” as we practice, plan, and develop strategies for this new way of supporting the health of Idaho County.