President’s Message

Posted on Oct 1, 2021 in President's Message | 0 comments

First of all, I want to say thank you. The past few months have been pretty rough, with short staffing at ABSMC coinciding with the recent surge in COVID cases. Thanks for complying with the California healthcare worker vaccine mandate: to keep ourselves, our families, and our patients safe. And lastly, thanks for participating in the most recent physician engagement survey. Your responses are critical to making a better working environment at Summit.

A bit of good news: COVID cases across the system are finally on the decline. The graph below illustrates the daily case count over time within the Sutter geographic footprint.

Flu cases during the pandemic have been thankfully sparse, but as we are approaching the winter months, it is vital that we also get vaccinated for influenza to help avoid a twindemic of COVID and flu. Below is the schedule for the flu/TB clinics for the East Bay.

The CDC is currently also recommending a COVID booster (for those who received the Pfizer series) for age greater than 65 and those who work or live in high risk settings. That would include most of us, but it has not yet been yet determined that a booster is necessary for those that received the Moderna or J&J vaccine.  The news came unfortunately a bit late to incorporate Pfizer boosters to the flu/TB clinic schedule, so I encourage you to get your shot through your primary physician or your local pharmacy, or through

We continue to highlight the importance of wellness and mental health during these difficult times. Please see below for a list of resources.

EPIC refuel is coming soon – November 6. This is a major revision to EPIC that will bring the EHR more to a native state and make future upgrades less time consuming.

The Best of Epic:

Upgrades and Enhancements coming November 6th!

Secure Chat: fully integrated text messaging

  • Securely share patient information and images
  • Expanded to ALL Epic users on the desktop
  • Bonus: Physicians and Advanced Practice Clinicians can also use their mobile devices!
  • Facilitate team communications

Care Everywhere Image Exchange

  • Send and receive images with other Epic health systems
  • Phase 1: Outgoing images include clinical photographs, consents, POLST forms, and other items in the media tab
  • Incoming images include all of the above PLUS reference quality radiographs and ECG’s from other organizations that choose to send them

Efficiency and Usability Tools Including…

  • Personalization: Customizable SmartSets, Consolidated My Tools menu, modifiable Chart Review reports and Navigators
  • Efficiency: Improved patient search across the system, exempting orders from reconciliation, note template speed buttons, enhanced pre-charting
  • Enhanced Communications management function

As we approach the release date we will send out additional details about the new tools, but wanted to give you a sneak peek at what’s coming

Lastly, I wanted to share a letter from Barbara Kivowitz, a patient family advisor. Her words and thoughts capture a lot of the emotions we have been feeling recently.