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Social Networking Community Available on uCern

Social Networking Community Available on uCern

Cathy Welsh, MS, RD

Registered dietitians now have their own social networking community on the Cerner Corporation’s uCern site. Cerner electronic health record (EHR) software has about 30%40% of the market, so potentially that means plenty of opportunities to connect and share.

What is uCern?

Cerner associates, clients, and partners use uCern to collaborate and share best practices. The community at uCern Connect posts topics based on professional role, Cerner Solution, and special interests. Anyone can ask questions, contribute, and access information about these specific topics. Spaces contain discussion forums, blogs, polls, and projects. It also allows bookmarking and sharing via e-mail or private discussion.

How do I get started?

If you work for a facility that uses Cerner as its EHR software vendor, you can just go to and click “Sign Up” in the upper right corner of the page. You will need to use your work e-mail address when registering for the account. You do not need to work for Cerner or even in the information systems department.

Now that you have signed up for uCern, follow these four easy steps to get started:

·   Join a group: To get the most out of uCern, you need to join groups. You will find thousands of groups within uCern based on professional roles, Cerner Solutions, special interest (SIGs), or personal interests.

·   Create and update your profile: Add a picture to your profile and an avatar icon to help other users easily identify you and your contributions. It is also a great way to express your interests. You do not need to use a picture of yourself—use one of your dog, favorite sports team, family, etc).

·   Create a connection: To find someone in your professional network, enter the person’s name into the Search Box at the top right. Click on the person’s name to navigate to the individual’s profile and click “Add as a Connection” on the right hand side of the page. You can view people in similar roles (based on text and descriptive tags in their profile) and your team members on the lower right hand side of your profile.

·   Customize your personal view: Create your own personal dashboard to keep the most relevant information right at your fingertips.

RDs have their own uCern community or space (currently 27 members in this group). Discussion topics range from enteral documentation, PowerNotes, International Dietetics & Nutritional Terminology (IDNT) content, nutritional screening, recommendations for diet orders, and the ever popular “advance diet as tolerated,” and you can post documents. You also will find an excellent resource on the Nutrition Care Process, demonstrating how you can pull the IDNT into your Cerner PowerForms and interactive views.

How do you create and share information?

You can access uCern Wiki directly or from uCern Connect. Wiki is a simple, but dynamic way to create and share information in uCern. Wikis are simple, efficient tools for managing knowledge and collaborating. The wiki allows the free flow of information. With wikis, knowledge does not get buried in e-mails or locked into file systems, hard drives, or servers. Wikis are always online, so users can access, collaborate, and share content, knowledge, and files anytime, anywhere.

Wikis are also very flexible. You can customize them and also connect a wiki to other applications, databases, and file systems. The wiki lets you collaborate online with others. It is easy, efficient, and intuitive to use. Every user’s contribution is seen and heard, and others can comment on it. In this way, wikis improve and democratize communication. It makes it easy to disseminate information quickly without bottlenecks. I found wiki very useful when we implemented the new WHO Growth Charts.

If your facility uses Cerner, join today. Start learning and sharing!

Reference: uCern help files.

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Comments (2):
5/22/2013 9:13:25 AM by Gagan Preet Singh

Thank you nancy to this useful information. i use to watch uCern today. Hope, it will be great experience to you.

7/7/2013 6:50:02 PM by Jean M Bouche RD CD

I like to mention that Epic also has a page available for users, too! From the home page you can "request an account", where Epic will verify that you are an Epic user. I have used the "Community Library" to see how other hospitals use this EHR to document thier nutrition care and then also connect to those hospitals. Let me know if you have any questions! Jean Bouche, RD 920-471-6423

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