Vice Chair Contributors

Daugherty Biddison Named Chief Wellness Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Daugherty Biddison Named Chief Wellness Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Posted by  | Congratulations, Leadership, Vice Chair Contributors

Lee Daugherty Biddison, associate professor and vice chair for clinical affairs, was named the first-ever chief wellness officer of the newly created Office of Well-Being. The office was created in order to sustain an environment that allows Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty and staff to thrive per the recommendations of the Joy at Hopkins Task Force,(...)

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Improving Provider Satisfaction

Improving Provider Satisfaction

Posted by  | Patient Care, Vice Chair Contributors

Over the course of the last 18 months, you’ve likely heard many conversations about topics relating to Joy in Medicine, provider satisfaction and clinician burnout. Whether at Grand Rounds, during a DOM focus group, in a school-wide survey or from a podcast by the dean, you’ve heard that burnout is a very real issue nationally(...)

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#MeToo—Considering All of the Implications and the Call for Action

#MeToo—Considering All of the Implications and the Call for Action

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

Both the March 27 and April 2 issues of JAMA included important opinion pieces related to the #MeToo Movement. Dr. Freischlag and Ms. Faria highlight the importance of this movement, which was evidenced by TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017 being shared by “silence breakers,” 61 women and men from various industries who spoke(...)

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Why Answer Documentation Queries?

Why Answer Documentation Queries?

Posted by  | Patient Care, Vice Chair Contributors

How the state, payors and patients view the quality of care provided by the DOM depends on it. Moreover, this assessment increasingly determines reimbursement. Consider Maryland Hospital Acquired Conditions (MHACs): 46 potentially preventable conditions monitored by the state. At current pace, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, including the DOM, may face a $7-10 million penalty for(...)

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Global Cyberattack in Progress

Global Cyberattack in Progress

Posted by  | Vice Chair Contributors

There is a global cyberattack in progress. Early indications are that it’s a variant of Petya malware, described by the Internet Storm Center here. The current attack has already affected computers throughout the Heritage Valley Health System in Pennsylvania, as well as disrupting Merck’s computer network. This attack is similar in some ways to last(...)

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Our Network of Computers Benefits from Individual Security Measures

Our Network of Computers Benefits from Individual Security Measures

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

Today's news is dominated by the extensive worldwide cybersecurity attack. The root causes are a matter for speculation and investigation at this point, but a couple of things seem clear: Health systems have been affected, with impacts on patient care <https://www.wired.com/2017/05/ransomware-meltdown-experts-warned>, <https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/nhs-ransomware-cyber-attack> At least some of the affected health systems had been warned for months about out-of-date computer(...)

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What Happens When the Weather is Bad?

What Happens When the Weather is Bad?

Posted by  | Administration, Patient Care, Vice Chair Contributors

Now in the cold days of January, winter storms are always a possibility. This is the time to review the Inclement Weather guidelines. Below is the updated version sent by Ambulatory Services. These policies apply to ambulatory clinics. Decisions regarding closures are made by the Incident Command Team with leadership representation present for JHH, Bayview and(...)

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