Welcome back to Progress Notes-PRN

Issue 13

June 23, 2016

In this issue:

Would you rather close the barn door or chase after your horse? by: Rick Ebken, MD

The Grinch is stealing your personal health information- Blockchain part 2 of 2 by: Jeff Harris, RPh

Applying risk-based thinking (RBT) in healthcare  by: Ted Schmidt, R.Ph. CERM

CERM Academy, Certified Enterprise Risk Manager (CERM) Bootcamp September 19 - 23, Seattle, WA

It's Healthcare Risk Management Week and we're offering several perspectives on risk in this issue of "Progress Notes- PRN".   We have several great articles from varied sources that have all lived and worked in the hospital environment.  We hope that you enjoy the reading.  Our website is filling up with many articles regarding healthcare@risk as we continue our journey to be the thought leaders in this arena.  If you have specific topics that you would like to read about, send us an email

Would you rather close the barn door or chase after your horse? by: Rick Ebken, MD

An alternative to this article's main title could well be the familiar saying: "An ounce of prevention is would a pound of cure". Both, however, reflect the overwhelming value of focusing on PREVENTIVE rather than CORRECTIVE actions, and in the new ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System lingo, this is accomplished using RISK-BASED thinking...


The Grinch is stealing your PHI and Blockchain part 2 by: Jeff Harris R.Ph  

As I mentioned in the previous article, Healthcare Privacy, Farrah Fawcett and Blockchain, a blockchain is a distributed database that acts as a ledger for transactions. It is best known as the technology behind Bitcoin, a type of digital currency that is both easily accessible and very secure. 



Applying Risk-Based Thinking (RBT) in healthcare     by: Ted Schmidt, R.Ph. CERM

Recent articles in healthcare journals reveal a sad truth: hospitals are still not as safe as they should be.  One article states that one in three patients are harmed during a hospital stay and of this 33%, 7% either die or are permanently harmed.  There has been an emphasis on patient safety for over a decade now, yet we still have continual issues with medication management in our hospitals, wrong site surgery, surgical instruments left in patients, etc. This is not what we envisioned when we chose a career in healthcare.


CERM Academy, Certified Enterprise Risk Manager (CERM) Bootcamp June 6 - 10

We want to let you know about the upcoming CERM Academy  Bootcamp on September 19 to 23 in Seattle, Washington.

Greg Hutchins, best selling author of ISO risk, ISO 9001, and risk assurance books, is the lead presenter in the Bootcamp.  

The Certified Enterprise Risk Manager® is a certificate program for professionals to learn risk-based problem solving and risk-based decision making tools based on ISO 31K, COSO, IEC, NIST 800, and other risk frameworks.  

Candidates leave the bootcamp with risk-based frameworks, processes, and tools that can be immediately applied in any business or organizational setting.

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2016 DNV GL Symposium

October 12 - 14, 2016


Marriott Orlando World Center Orlando, FL

The symposium is a great value for your accreditation dollars. You can establish new relationships and gain valuable insights from other hospitals.  

Hope to see you there!  


Ted Schmidt, R.Ph, CERM

Do you have a question or want to schedule a call? You can email me at  tschmidt@Bluesynergyassociates.com 


Eric T. Schulze, CERM

Do you have a question or want to schedule a call? You can email me at eschulze@Bluesynergyassociates.com 

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