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Retirement reception honoring Jeannine Roberge, Thursday 9/8

September 7, 2016

Please join us at the retirement reception honoring Jeannine Roberge, BSN, RN, Frankel Cardiovascular Center Operating Rooms. Jeannine began her U of M nursing career at the UH Operating Rooms and in 2007, she helped open the CVC Operating Rooms. She has served as the afternoon charge nurse during the last several years. Her expertise and generosity will be greatly missed. The event takes place: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 1-3pm, CVC Operating Rooms, CVC 4167 (Please post through Thursday)

MCIT Teams Increase MiChart Performance to Top Five Percent

August 24, 2016

MiChart, U-M’s Electronic Health Record, saw remarkable performance improvements this past March due to server upgrades. The upgrades addressed workflows that commonly exceeded target response times, such as opening the Visit Navigator, accessing Patient Summary windows and opening the In Basket launch folder. A more recent upgrade to a new class of server, implemented in July, has placed MiChart performance related to response times and exception percentages in the top five percent of all health systems utilizing similar electronic health records. The blue line in the graph below shows MiChart’s updated exception percentage while the orange line reflects MiChart’s updated…

Michelle Thurman, RN Retires

August 10, 2016

After more than 28 years of service, Michelle Thurman will be retiring on August 12, 2016. Michelle has worked in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit for the past 8 years. Prior to that she worked for 20 years in the Thoracic Intensive Care Unit. Please join us to celebrate with Michelle on August 12, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in room #1B342-UH (OR Classroom).

CIRHT leader recognized by foreign minister

August 10, 2016

Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recently honored University of Michigan’s Janet Hall for the institution’s significant contributions to improve women’s health in Ethiopia through the Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT). Hall, who is the chief department administrator of U-M’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Executive Director of CIRHT, received a certificate of appreciation and merit to recognize CIRHT’s critical role in establishing this first Ob/Gyn residency program in Ethiopia. The award was presented during the residents’ recent graduation ceremony at St. Paul Millennium Medical College. The program is the result of years of collaboration…

Retirement Announcement for Laurie Barrett (Jill “Zoe” Deyoe)

August 9, 2016

ED Registrar, Billing/Patient Accounts Specialist Laurie Barrett (Jill “Zoe” Deyoe) has announced her retirement date of October 9th, 2016. Laurie has been a valuable member of ED Registration for 12 years, having joined the team in February 2004. She has seen and participated in many changes at UMHS through those years, and always had a smile and a positive attitude to see her and her coworkers through. A retirement celebration is planned for Friday, August 12 from Noon until 2:00pm in UH B1H102. Friends are welcome to drop by and join us in congratulating Laurie on her retirement, and wishing…

Advanced Clinical Decision Support System for Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease

August 5, 2016

University of Michigan investigators lead by Drs. Dinov, Dauer and Hampstead developed a new method for diagnosing, predicting, and tracking neurodegenerative disease (PMID:27494614, This clinical decision support system predicts Parkinson's disease with 96% consistency, accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity, in line with the rate of diagnosis by physicians. This machine-learning-based approach relies on multi-source Big Data including clinical, demographic, genetics information, and derived neuroimaging biomarkers. An added benefit of this predictive analytics and forecasting approach is that when excluding the longitudinal clinical information used in the clinical diagnostic procedure, the accuracy of the decision support system still exceeds 80%. The…

Congratulations to Paul Hollenberg!

July 8, 2016

After a long and successful career as an educator, scientist and administrator, Dr. Paul Hollenberg retired from active faculty status at the University of Michigan and became an active Emeritus Professor…

Legislation Based on U-M Concept Introduced in House

July 8, 2016

Washington, D.C.-- Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced H.R. 5652 "Access to Better Care Act of 2016." This bill provides high deductible health plans the flexibility to provide coverage for services that manage chronic disease prior to meeting the plan deductible. The bipartisan bill amends Section 223(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code. Currently, in health savings account-qualified high deductible health plans (HSA-HDHPs), services meant to treat "an existing illness, injury or condition" are excluded from coverage before the plan deductible is met. Evidence is accumulating that individuals enrolled in high deductible plans may not utilize…

Aashesh Verma Selected as 2016 AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar

July 7, 2016

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) has named Aashesh Verma, M.D., an internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan Health System, as a recipient of the fifth annual Emerging Liver Scholar (ELS) Resident Travel Awards. As part of a highly accomplished group of residents from internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, and pathology programs across the United States, Verma will attend The Liver Meeting® 2016 Boston, Mass., with his experience guided and complemented by AASLD leadership, faculty mentors, and former ELS and current ELS recipients. In addition to transportation, lodging, and meeting fees, the emerging scholars will…