Emergency Medicine residents will attest to the fact that their shifts are already busy taking care of patients, following up on laboratory and imaging results, speaking with families, and performing procedures. It should come as no surprise that some of these procedures don’t make it back into your residency’s procedure log and at the end of 3 or 4 years you find yourself a few short.
At Maimonides Medical Center, we have been using an electronic medical record (EMR) for the past decade but it wasn’t until the Spring of 2011 that we began to integrate key pieces of technology around it. As a means to simplifying the lives of the residents and provide a more accurate attestation of procedures performed, I wrote software to automatically log procedures found in our EMR (Allscripts) and upload them to New Innovations, an integrated software solutions for medical education programs, with the residents receiving an email detailing the procedures that were uploaded and attendings receiving an email to confirm the procedures.
The software was implemented on June 18, 2011 with great success and an overall increase in the number of procedures logged by residents. The residents are also very happy to have one less task to worry about after a long and tiring shift with an average of 10-15 minutes saved per resident per shift.
Since the implementation of the software, bedside ultrasounds have now been accounted for within the software in 2013 and are now counted towards ultrasound procedures performed by the resident.