Bigger Than Me

If you've been reading Java Talk for a little while, I've mentioned working. But I don't believe I've ever explained what I do. My title is Implementation Specialist. Most organizations in this field would call me an Analyst. What do I do? I am certified in an extremely popular electronic medical records (EMR) program. As an analyst, I "build" the scheduling and bed planning modules for the inpatient rehab hospitals and LTAC (long term acute care) hospitals that are owned by my employer across the country. That's sounds really dry and probably doesn't mean much to most people reading. That's ok. Sometimes I still can't believe that this is where the road has led me. But I'm so thankful to be here.

Recently, I was in Cleveland for a week as two of our newest LTAC hospitals went "live" with our system. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be in the hospitals as we went through this transition. Although I only build two small pieces in this EMR system, it was such a great feeling to see how what we (me and my co-workers) build at our desks, affects real people in the hospital. It affects our users, doctors, nurses, therapists, dietitians, admissions coordinators, case managers and so many more. All of the users in turn touch the lives of real patients who are very sick. It was an amazing feeling as I walked through the halls, to recognize that I am a part of something bigger than me.

The first time I went to a hospital go-live, back in December I had a moment that really made an impact on me. It sounds silly but as I was walking down the hall, feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, I saw the room numbers on the wall. It occurred to me, that I build that. I literally build the rooms, assign them numbers and beds in the EMR system. And this was the real life display of what I built. I didn't actually build that room number in the system for that hospital, it had already been built before I was hired for this position. But I have built the rooms/beds for several other hospitals.

I loved being in Cleveland and talking with the staff about what they liked. Listening to what they were frustrated with. Change is always hard and there is a learning curve. But there is always room for improvement. And it's good to hear what the users feel would be more helpful. As well as what they really like about the product we brought them.

I don't physically help the patients, (I'll leave that to my sister who is a Doctor) but in a small way, I have a part in all this. I feel I need to do my job well in order for a real person who touches the life of a sick individual to be able to do their job well.

I'm thankful for this job for many reasons. And feeling like I'm a part of something important is is definitely one of those reasons. Leave a comment below and share what makes you feel like you're a part of something bigger than you?

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