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Command Center… ONLINE!

Our emergency department just switched over to a new EMR.   The transition has gone quite well - my charting has gotten faster and better overnight, orders are infinitely easier to put in the system, and I have more time to spend with patients.  All in all, I could not be happier.

One thing in particular stands out with sheer awesomeness.  We can make macros. For the less-technically inclined, macros are simply a way of automating something you do often.  For a computer nerd/engineering type like myself... well, I've made some improvements.

All I need to do is pick up the dictaphone and say "Computer, activate command center."  I then walk away and see my first patient.

Within seconds it boots up all of my patient records, EKG-reading software, radiology images, drug databases, and email.  Then it opens up another window and prints out:

"Command center online, Dr. Zac.  Have a wonderful day!"

It's really the greatest thing that's happened to me since... well, ever.

I have my very own HAL-9000!

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  1. I’m sorry, Doctor Z. I can’t let you do that.

  2. haha, the days when docs will be replaced by robo-docs are just around the corner!

  3. As an intern in the IT department at one of the larger healthcare systems in the city, I’m thrilled to know there are doctors out there who openly praise the EMR. The current project I’m observing is the building and planning of the new charting system. It’s interesting, to me at least, to be able to see the behind the scenes action and then hear from an end user regarding their feelings on the subject. (I understand the systems will be way different as they are… should be… built to the specific needs to each facility, but knowing that some doctors actually praise the EMR makes me less anxious about joining the work force) :)

  4. Which EMR are you using? I’d love to be able to use macros to do this kind of stuff in our ED!

  5. CERNER / FirstNet. I’ve really enjoyed it so far.

  6. I love this. looks like I should check this out 😀

  7. Big fan of the site, if you would be interested, I found a website that has helped me greatly in the transition to our new EMR. It’s called It has pre-made templated smart notes (macros) that speed up charting and help with patient care.

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