Yes, teammate, your post gave me a good chuckle: "one would think that the level of fatty liver in each patient would be simple analysis of cumulative chart data that would be readily available..."
Doctor's orders on the chart: Measure patient's weight and intake/output daily, blood pressure once per shift, blood sugar every morning. Oh, and keep track of the fat in the liver.
Doc: Morning, Mrs. Smith. How are you?
Smith: "Better! Breathing is easier."
Doc: Great to hear. Love that LL. How much fat in your liver? Smith: "7." Doc: 7 what? Smith: I don't know, just 7. Doc: Who said that? Smith: Some guy. Kinda looked like a doctor, or maybe a nurse. Doc: White lab coat, with a big fancy logo on the back? Smith: "That's him."
OR-- Hey Doc, I have this new neck mass right here. Is it cancer? Doc: I don't know, let's look in your chart.
OR--- Just try to relax, Mrs. Smith. Your car looks totaled, but you seem to be doing OK. Let us help you to the ambulance. Then we can get you to the ER and look in your chart.
Hint: Fat measurement in the liver is not trivial, and uses new and sophisticated imaging, like complex MR protocols and shear wave ultrasound.
Fingers crossed. I'm glad 50 patients should be done now, and all 60 should be done next month.