The BCRP leverages the most common electronic health record (EHR) platforms used across the United States – Epic and Cerner PowerChart – allowing residents to gain rapid exposure to different environments (more information on the future of EHRs below). Using our easy VPN, documentation and chart review can be done just as easily at home as in the hospital, so you can always check up on your favorite patients or prepare for a busy clinic. And with a newly redesigned application, the Boston Children’s Clinical Pathways provide instant access to the best guidelines for pediatric care and are used in all our clinical locations.
In 2022, the DINHO Squad (Digital Innovation Network for House Officers) was founded by a group of passionate pediatric residents focused on developing innovative solutions to barriers impacting patient care. With a focus on technology, the group has kickstarted a program-wide effort to reduce documentation time (shared 400+ dot phrases and counting), assists with hospital development projects like discharge optimization or a NICU discharge app for new families, and makes resident research easier. We have two publications this year alone, with multiple projects planned for future years! We are always excited to meet residents passionate about improving care and we would be excited to work with you!
In 2023, Boston Children’s Hospital signed a contract to transition our EHR system to EPIC which will become the single EHR system used across our three hospitals in the Summer of 2024. The entire IT department is working hard to make this transition as painless as possible and in a first for many hospital transitions, residents in the DINHO Squad are serving as trainee liaisons for this transition. Providing feedback on note templates and ideal workflows to reduce clicks and time, residents have a key voice in designing our EHR for the future and making sure it works for everyone involved from the experienced clinician to the youngest patient.