David Schlossman, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, MMI, CPHIMS
Missouri Cancer Associates
A practicing medical oncologist and computer enthusiast for over 30 years, Dr. Schlossman was initially excited about the potential for health information technology (health IT) to improve healthcare quality, until the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) at his organization in 2006. He realized that current generation EHR software was not designed or optimized to support clinical workflow, creating a challenging user experience for practicing clinicians and preventing health IT from achieving the worthy goals it was designed for. It became, and still is, his passion to help overcome these barriers and see health IT reach its full potential. He obtained a Master’s degree in medical informatics from Northwestern University. He became the founding chair of a clinical informatics committee at Boone Hospital Center (BHC). In this capacity he worked on CPOE order sets as a subject matter expert and clinical advisory committee member, and served as a physician champion during CPOE implementation. He served on the clinical advisory committee for the development of Clindesk 2, the local longitudinal EHR used along with the major vendor inpatient EHR at BHC. He achieved board certification in Clinical Informatics with the first class of Diplomates in that new subspecialty. He became active in the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS), served a year on the Physician Committee, and qualified as a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). He currently serves on the HIMSS Health IT User Experience Committee. He is also a member of the American Medical Informatics Association and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems. In 2014 and 2015 he served on the United States Oncology Network (USON) Data Governance Committee and the USON EHR Physician Advisory Board. He also conducted a summative scenario-based usability study of the inpatient EHR at BHC to see if the problems his medical staff colleagues encounter can be demonstrated in an objective, quantitative, actionable manner to open dialogues with software developers, help EHR purchasers compare products, and measure progress in improving usability. He looks forward to continuing to contribute the development and implementation of more powerful, usable, intuitive health IT that will be welcomed by clinicians and lead to better care quality, better population health, and lower per capita healthcare costs.