Dr. Douglas Ashinsky, MD, practices internal medicine at Somerset Medical Center/Warren Internal Medicine in Warren, New Jersey, a community he has served for 24 years. Dr. Ashinsky, who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, was recognized as a top New York Metro Doctor by Castle Connolly in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and was recognized as a top doctor in Inside New Jersey in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He was also one of the first physicians in New Jersey to attest to meaningful use in 2011. Passionate about care coordination, population health, and quality improvement, Dr. Ashinsky is using health IT to reduce rehospitalizations by performing medication reconciliation when his patients are discharged from the hospital. Read Dr. Ashinksy’s Health IT Success Story.
Dr. Colin Banas, MD, MSHA, is an internal medicine hospitalist and Chief Medical Information Officer at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Banas heads VCUHS’s Office of Clinical Transformation, which drives innovation and optimization of Health IT and electronic health records in the health system. Dr. Banas testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in 2013, highlighting VCUHS’s tremendous success leveraging Health IT and meaningful use to improve patient care. Dr. Banas has a particular interest in clinical decision support and helped VCUHS implement and refine over 650 clinical decision support rules to help guide appropriate care plans, avoid adverse drug events, and promote delivery of best clinical practices.
Dr. Alan Barton, MD, is a pediatrician and the owner of Colorado River Pediatrics in Fort Mohave, Arizona. He specializes in treating patients with chronic conditions such as asthma and autism as well as patients with severe special needs. He supports the Reach Out and Read program, which aims to improve adherence to well child visits and he has incorporated the Bright Futures program into his practice, which is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children's health needs in the context of family and community. Passionate about quality improvement, one way Dr. Barton has leveraged meaningful use is to improve asthma care. Maintaining an updated problem list and medication list improve both asthma assessment and monitoring. Read Dr. Barton’s Health IT Success Story.
Dr. John Berneike, MD, is the Clinical Director at St. Mark’s Family Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. A family practice physician, Dr. Berneike is also the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Clinician Committee at the Utah Health Information Network. Dr. Berneike is a true believer in the medical home and believes health IT is foundational to medical home concepts and health care reform. At St. Mark’s Family Medicine, Dr. Berneike is using clinical decision support, patient reminders, and patient-specific education resources to pilot a new Beacon Diabetes Self-Management (DSM) Care Coordination Program focused on improving outcomes for their patients with diabetes. Read Dr. Berneike’s Success Story.
Becky Blevins is Information Services Project Manager at Ephraim McDowell Health in Danville, Kentucky. With more than ten years of experience in health care information systems, she is an expert in systems integration and has led complex projects integrating disparate electronic health record (EHR) systems to improve patient care. In 2013, Ms. Blevins received a Champion award from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information. In addition, Ms. Blevins helped Ephraim McDowell providers achieve meaningful use and improve quality of care. Thanks to her work, providers can use EHRs to identify and provide patients with patient-specific education materials, which help patients and families better manage their health and health care.
Nurse Kacey Bolton, RN, is Clinical Director at London Women’s Care (LWC), an OB/GYN rural health clinic located in London, Kentucky. Nurse Bolton has been a registered nurse for the past fifteen years and is passionate about women’s health. She recently coordinated LWC’s journey to meaningful use and knows firsthand how vital meaningful use and electronic health records (EHRs) are to providing excellent patient care. Her practice is using the EHR system to generate lists of patients with hypertension to provide timely follow-up care. The practice is also using the EHR system to improve overall documentation, and all of the practice’s providers have achieved meaningful use.
Dr. Franklin E. Bragg, MD, FACP, has been practicing internal medicine with an electronic health record system at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor, Maine for seventeen years. EMMC is part of the Bangor Beacon Community and is also participating in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model. As the Pioneer ACO Performance Improvement Coordinator, Dr. Bragg is helping EMMC use Health IT to improve provider performance and exceed the benchmarks on Pioneer ACO quality measures. Passionate about quality improvement, Dr. Bragg extracts provider performance data from the electronic health record system to give providers feedback on their performance. This transparency has resulted in significant improvements in primary care delivery. Read Dr. Bragg’s Success Story.
Sandra Brown, MPH, MSN, RN, is Chief Executive Officer of Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc. (JCCSI), a Federally-Qualified Health Center with six sites in Cleveland, Pulaski, and Jefferson counties in Arkansas. At JCCSI, Nurse Brown has championed Health IT, taking the lead on electronic health record (EHR) infrastructure development. She inspired JCCSI providers to transition to the system and successfully encouraged them to leverage EHR data to achieve meaningful use. Nurse Brown’s ability to foster an office culture of data-led quality improvement has opened doors for JCCSI to participate in other health initiatives, including the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative. She also serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Arkansas Health Information Exchange Council.
Dr. Jennifer Brull, MD, FAAFP, is a family medicine physician in a solo practice in Plainville, Kansas. She has worked in a rural, private practice for twelve years. Dr. Brull was the first physician to attest to meaningful use in Kansas and is a physician leader in electronic health record adoption, change management, and health information exchange. Particularly interested in quality improvement and preventive medicine, Dr. Brull uses her electronic health record to run patient lists to identify patients in need of preventive services. Through these efforts, meaningful use has helped Dr. Brull and her team improve breast cancer screening rates from 63% to 99% and colon cancer screening rates from 43% to over 90%. Read Dr. Brull’s Health IT Success Story.
Adam Buck, MD, is a board-certified internist and hospitalist practicing at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, a safety net teaching hospital located in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to supervising residents on the wards, Dr. Buck has a senior leadership position within the department of Clinical Informatics. His primary interests are patient engagement, quality improvement, and clinical decision support. Dr. Buck is the physician lead on his health system’s implementation of OpenNotes and OpenResults, allowing patients to access their provider notes and test results through a patient portal. Realizing that clinicians and IT staff often speak different languages, Dr. Buck was able to accelerate improvements by learning how to customize the EHR himself. He has reduced medication dose warnings by 86% in an effort to reduce alert fatigue. With a focus on the highest-risk drug classes; Dr. Buck rewrote and optimized the electronic order sets relating to intravenous opioids, insulin, and heparin. He also co-founded his hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program.
Dr. Timothy Burdick, MD, MSc, FAAFP, is Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) at OCHIN and a family physician at a 10-provider rural health clinic in Scappoose, Oregon. As CMIO at OCHIN, Dr. Burdick provides clinical leadership for the organization’s electronic health record system, which is shared by 75 health care organizations in 17 states. In addition to seeing patients at the health clinic, Dr. Burdick serves as its Health IT champion. He spearheaded the clinic’s process of encouraging patients to sign up for the patient portal where patients can view, download, and transmit their health information. His efforts succeeded in significantly increasing patient engagement at the health clinic. Read Dr. Burdick's Success Story.
Jennifer Carpenter, MSN, RN, CPHIMS is Vice President, IT Clinical Systems for University Hospitals in Cleveland Ohio. Jen has a clinical background in pediatric nursing and 10 years of experience in various health IT roles. One of Jen’s most formative health IT experiences was the opportunity to coordinate the IT projects for the hospital system’s Meaningful Use program, which laid a foundation for improvements in care processes across the health system. She has a special interest in the optimization of EHRs and other clinical systems to enable high reliability medicine and clinical decision support for better, cost effective patient care. Jen is currently focused on integrating newly acquired hospitals into the core clinical system portfolio for the health system, and utilizes information exchange through CCDA and other methods which were driven to commercial use by the EHR Incentive program and certification standards.
Dr. Felix Carpio, MD, MPH, is Medical Director of Clinical Informatics at AltaMed Health Services is Los Angeles, California. Dr. Carpio has a long history of involvement in HIV care, research and health informatics, having directed an HIV early intervention program and served as the Associate Medical Director for HIV services at AltaMed. Dr. Carpio is passionate about health IT, care coordiation, and consumer engagement and served as the physician champion for electronic health record implementation at AltaMed. He is currently leading AltaMed’s efforts to analyze provider performance on clinical quality measures. These efforts have helped AltaMed’s providers identify gaps in care, improve immunization rates, and better engage their patients. Read Dr. Carpio’s Health IT Success Story.
Dr. Robyn Chatman, MD, is the managing partner at Trinity Family Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio, Medical Officer on the Disaster Medical Assistance Team OH-5, and Medical Officer for the Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaborative. Trinity Family Medicine received National Committee for Quality Assurance Level III recognition status as a Patient-Centered Medical Home and also participates in the Million Hearts initiative. Driven by an emphasis on high quality diabetes, hypertension, and ADHD/ADD care, Dr. Chatman is using her electronic health record to generate lists of patients who have missed appointments or who are at-risk to provide preventive care reminders and patient education. Read Dr. Chatman’s Success Story.
Sarah Churchill Llamas*
Sarah Churchill Llamas, JD, is Chief Operating Officer, Health IT for Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC), a non-profit Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) operating over 30 health clinics in central Texas. Ms. Churchill Llamas also leads Lone Star Circle of Care’s non-profit Health IT company, Centex Systems Support Services, which provides Health IT solutions for health information exchanges, community health centers, individual providers, and hospitals. At LSCC, Ms. Churchill Llamas specializes in Health IT strategy, including leveraging meaningful use for health care quality improvement. LSCC uses its electronic health record system, for example, to generate lists of patients by specific conditions. Using the patient lists, LSCC is able to provide targeted preventive screening reminders to patients that require follow-up care.
Chris Collinge is the Director of Information Technology for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. This state health department is one of 67 counties and is located in Orlando, FL. His team has developed innovative strategies for state-wide IT projects and standardizations for mobile and tablet technologies that use their EHR system. Mr. Collinge recently received a "Best Practice" award from the National Association of County and City Health officials. His leadership in developing systems to support medication reconciliation and clinical decision support has impacted patients across the state and helped support the work of the 18,000+ employees in the Florida Department of Health. Mr. Collinge continues to work on behalf of patients struggling with chronic conditions, and finding innovative ways to improve their quality of life. Most recently, he led an effort to develop a system that allows Orange County staff to visually monitor TB patients taking medications remotely (Video Direct Observed Therapy); a process that was previously quite costly, and often had a negative impact on a patient’s daily life. Mr. Collinge states that a big part of their success is due to management's commitment to hearing staff frustrations and concerns at every step they take toward MU attestation, and that this approach has ultimately led to their most innovative solutions.
Dr. Jacqueline Delmont, MD, MBA, FACP, is an internal medicine physician and director of a private practice with three locations in Long Island, New York. She also serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Beacon Health Partners, a Long Island-based Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Delmont promotes Health IT in all of her professional roles. She led the early adoption of an electronic health record (EHR) system, and helped her practice obtain National Committee for Quality Assurance recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Dr. Delmont now uses the EHR system to improve health care quality for the underserved and underinsured patients she serves. The practice’s care management team is improving preventive care by tracking patients’ clinical data and focusing resources on individual patient needs. As Chief Medical Officer at Beacon Health Partners, she facilitates population health management and health care quality improvement by electronically aggregating data for member providers on measures such as hospital readmissions and emergency department utilization.
Mr. Raj Desai is the Medical Practice Administrator at Integrated Family Medical Center in Lady Lake, Florida. Mr. Desai leads many quality improvement and health IT efforts at Integrated Family Medical Center, a family medicine practice. The practice is using drug formulary checks to find cost effective medications and encourage medication adherence and compliance. Mr. Desai is also actively involved in the practice’s use of clinical summaries and transition of care summaries, both of which have led to improved care coordination and more active patient engagement. Read Mr. Desai’s Health IT Success Story.
Marty Fattig has been involved in healthcare for over 40 years. He began his career as a bench Medical Technologist. He expanded his technical skills to include radiology and electrocardiology. He is currently the CEO of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Nebraska where he led the effort to install their EHR in 2004. He is Chairman of the Rural Health Advisory Commission. He is a member of the Critical Access Hospital Advisory Council, and the Critical Access Hospital Advisory Board on Quality. He serves on the Region 6 Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association. He is Co-Chair of the Nebraska eHealth Council. He has also served as a member of the HIT Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup, being appointed by the Office of the National Coordinator.
He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration.
Dr. Tobe Fisch, MD, PhD, FACP is a practicing primary care internist at Princeton Medicine, a 25-physician, multispecialty group affiliated with Princeton Healthcare Systems (PHCS) in Plainsboro, New Jersey. In her role as Director of Practice Innovation, she nurtures practice transformation, co-leading the group’s participation in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and progression toward accreditation as a Patient Centered Medical Home. As EHR physician champion, Dr. Fisch has been cheerleader for Meaningful Use, which the group has consistently achieved since 2012. She reinforces MU compliance by using a report card system that scores doctors on their attainment of MU measures. In collaboration with the PHCS IT department, she helped integrate Princeton Medicine’s outpatient EHR with Princeton HealthConnect, the community HIE. This has enabled incorporation of labs and radiology results into the EHR as structured data, and made PACS images viewable from the outpatient CEHRT. Recently, Dr. Fisch's group took a giant leap toward achieving Meaningful Use Stage 2 by enabling secure messaging with patients via Princeton HealthConnect’s portal. Dr. Fisch and her team overcame interoperability challenges to successfully implement a novel interface for transmitting C-CDAs from their EHR to the community HIE, so that all patients of the practice may now View, Download and Transmit their personal health information.
Dr. Frank Floyd, MD, is an internal medicine physician who has practiced at United Health Services (UHS), a large provider network based in Binghamton, New York, since 1988. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Floyd serves as Associate Medical Director and is a member of the UHS Board of Directors. He is the lead physician for the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) program, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national screening and fall prevention program for which UHS serves as the national pilot site. As part of STEADI, Dr. Floyd uses clinical decision support rules built into UHS’s electronic health record system to track and improve fall risk screening. Dr. Floyd also champions UHS’s many health care quality improvement initiatives, including Patient-Centered Medical Home development. UHS has 17 sites that have received National Committee for Quality Assurance recognition as Patient-Centered Medical Homes.
Allison Foley, MD is a Board Certified Internist and the Clinical Informatics Officer with St. Jude Heritage Medical Group in Yorba Linda, CA. Dr. Foley joined them as a primary care physician. She’s now splitting her time between treating patients and implementing Health IT strategies, enabling her to help them transform healthcare delivery at St. Jude. Dr. Foley was instrumental in implementing a medication reconciliation system that included key check points and flagging systems to alert staff of errors, potential conflicts and confusing expirations of antibiotics. Each instance of medication reconciliation presents an opportunity to talk and learn from our patients, according to Dr. Foley. She acted as a thought leader as they built a cutting edge portal that provides patients with helpful patient reminders, access to their health information and patient-specific education resources. It features the ability to make real-time appointments directly into their provider’s calendar. However, no approach toward increasing patient engagement has been more successful than the daily efforts of Dr. Foley and the other St. Jude providers personally encouraging and educating their patients on portal usage and how accessing their health information can help them live longer and healthier lives.
Dr. Larry Garber, MD, is a practicing Internist and the Medical Director for Informatics at Reliant Medical Group, a 250-physician multi-specialty group and affiliate of Atrius Health. Reliant Medical Group was recognized as a Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home and has achieved meaningful use Stage 1 for two consecutive years. Dr. Garber is also Acting Chair of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative’s Executive Committee, a member of the Massachusetts State Health Information Technology Council, and a member of ONC Policy Committee’s Health Information Exchange Workgroup and Privacy and Security Tiger Team. He has decades of experience and success in medical informatics, including interfacing Reliant to five regional hospitals. Dr. Garber meaningfully uses his electronic health record system to improve care coordination and clinical outcomes for his patients. After implementing clinical decision support rules in his electronic health record system, Dr. Garber helped raise his practice’s diabetic HbA1c screening rate to over 97% and reduced unsafe blood thinner levels by 40%. Read Dr. Garber’s Health IT Success Story.
Rajib Ghosh, MS, MBA, is the Chief Data and Transformation Officer at Community Health Center Network (CHCN), a network of eight federally qualified health centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. CHCN health centers take care of about 250,000 underserved patients around the East Bay area. CHCN is also a managed care organization that bears full professional risks for more than 130,000 members. Together CHCN health centers deliver medical, dental and mild to moderate behavioral health care from 80 different sites distributed over a vast geographic area. AT CHCN Mr. Ghosh leads the overall Health IT strategy for the network including data governance, data warehouse and analytics, health information exchange and other digital health initiatives like care coordination, mobile health and technology enabled process automation. Prior to this role Mr. Ghosh has spent many years in Health technology and medical device companies like Hill-Rom, Solta Medical, Bosch Healthcare and have launched several technology products globally generating over $100 million in revenue. Mr. Ghosh has several publications and writes a regular column on healthcare analytics in the Analytics magazine published by INFORMS. He also has publications in IEEE and ACM.
Michael W. Gilbert*
Dr. Michael W. Gilbert, MD, has practiced family medicine at St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group (SJHMG), a 75-physician, multi-specialty group based in Orange, California, for the past 25 years. In addition to maintaining his clinical practice as a board-certified family medicine physician, he also serves in various administrative capacities including as the Informatics Officer for SJHMG. Dr. Gilbert has championed numerous technology-driven initiatives and helped the St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare System become the first health system in Orange County to achieve meaningful use. Meaningful use has enabled Dr. Gilbert’s medical group to successfully implement the Intensive Outpatient Care Program (IOCP), which concentrates care on high-risk, high-cost patients. Thanks to greater patient engagement and maintenance of active medication lists, the IOCP has led to reduced admissions, readmissions, ER visits, and medication errors for Dr. Gilbert’s high-risk patients. Read Dr. Gilbert’s Health IT Success Story.
Dr. James Gould, MD, is a founding member of Oncology Associates, a rural medical oncology practice based in Paducah, Kentucky. Since 1993, he has been senior medical partner, practitioner, and research coordinator at the practice. When Oncology Associates adopted an electronic health record (EHR) system in 2004, Dr. Gould took the lead on template composition to better serve the clinical needs of oncologists. With the EHR system, Dr. Gould and his colleagues are able to remotely access patient records, enter computerized orders and improve continuity of care for their patients. Dr. Gould is also working as a beta developer with a health care software company to provide next-generation software testing and treatment guidelines for oncologists.
Steven Grant, M.D., F.A.C.P. has over two decades of experience in leading physician organizations. Dr. Grant was the co-founder of United Physicians (“UP”), a 2,000-member independent physician organization and, from 2000-2010, served as itsPresident and CEO. In 2010, he left UP to create the Detroit Medical Center Physician Hospital Organization (“DMC PHO”) and, from 2010-2013, was its first Executive Director. In both positions, Dr. Grant led successful efforts to implement modular and full EHR’s in independent physician offices. At the DMC PHO, he led the effort to obtain Meaningful Use Certification for numerous offices. As a longstanding member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, and current Board Chair, Dr. Grant has been instrumental in launching the first online multi-payer performance report in Michigan—one of the first nationally. As President of TIPAAA, The IPA Association of America, he has kept his finger on the pulse of what doctors are thinking around the country. Dr. Grant is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and maintains his private practice in general internal medicine.
Dr. Annick Hebou, MD, is the medical director of MetroHealth Clinic in Washington, DC. She is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Passionate about quality improvement, Dr. Hebou leverages meaningful use to improve preventive care. Using patient reminders, Dr. Hebou has increased colonoscopy screening rates by approximately 15%. Additionally, Dr. Hebou uses a clinical decision support system to monitor patients with diabetes and HIV and identify when to order lab tests for them. For Dr. Hebou, meaningful use and quality improvement are inseparable – the meaningful use measures directly correspond to improved patient health outcomes and satisfaction. Read Dr. Hebou’s Health IT Success Story.
Eugene P. Heslin*
Dr. Eugene P. Heslin, MD, is head physician at Bridge Street Medical Group, a family practice with six physicians in Saugerties, New York. Under his guidance, Dr. Heslin and his office staff recently received National Committee for Quality Assurance Level III recognition status as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Dr Heslin is active in health IT, serving as one of the founding members on the board of the Taconic Health Information Network and Community Regional Health Information Organization and on the board and executive committee of New York eHealth Collaborative. Passionate about care coordination and population health, Dr. Heslin and his practice are using their electronic health record to identify and monitor patients with diabetes and are now testing 100% of their patients with diabetes for signs of kidney failure. Read Dr. Heslin’s Health IT Success Story.
Dr Lynn Ho's solo family medicine micro-practice is located in North Kingstown, RI. Her goal is to offer every patient " exactly the care" they want and need. She measures this metric, along with a full slate of patient experience, engagement and practice quality indicators, using a robust internet practice tool called "HowsYourHealth". Her paperless practice leverages multiple technologies, including an online scheduler, patient portal, virtual visits and RI's Health Information Exchange, Current Care, to provide patients with seamless access to efficient, coordinated care.
Dr. Ho's high functioning practice has achieved recognition as an NCQA Level 3 PCMH. Her practice consistently achieves the highest marks by population health and patient experience of care metrics, while lowering total cost of care compared to PCMH peers. Although Dr. Ho still derives much joy from the practice of medicine, this is being threatened by the heavy burden of collecting quality data in primary care. Her current mission is to try to shift the de facto standard of administratively-based quality measurement paradigms to simpler, more useful, patient-centered methods as exemplified by "HowsYourHealth".
Dr. Gustin Ho, MD, is President of the Chinese Community Health Care Association and a primary care provider in San Francisco, California. Interested in consumer engagement, care coordination, and quality improvement, Dr. Ho was a pioneer in health IT for Chinese Community Health Care Association. As the first Chinatown area provider to adopt an electronic health record, Dr. Ho is leading his community on the path to health care quality improvement. He is using his electronic health record to record patient demographics and vital signs, helping him proactively engage his at-risk patients and ensure they receive preventive check-ups and screenings. Read Dr. Ho’s Success Story.
Mr. Drew Jackson is the administrator for Arkansas Central Primary Care in Jacksonville, Arkansas. As the practice administrator, he supported the practice throughout the EHR implementation process. Mr. Jackson had to find creative ways to convey that investing in an EHR and pursuing meaningful use was well worth the practice’s time and expense. Once he secured provider buy-in, Mr. Jackson helped drive the practice towards meaningful use. He now supports the practice as it leverages meaningful use for care coordination. His experience with health information technology has led to improved patient care delivery and as well as increased practice efficiency. Mr. Jackson is recognized in the Arkansas health community as a thought leader in health IT and has served as a valuable resource for providers interested in adopting and implementing electronic health record systems.
Chad Jensen is Executive Office Manager for LaTouche Pediatrics, an 18-provider pediatric practice with three locations in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Jensen helped LaTouche become the first practice in the state to achieve meaningful use under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Since achieving meaningful use, Mr. Jensen has seen LaTouche significantly improve health care quality. Mr. Jensen helped the practice integrate clinical decision support rules into the electronic health record system, for example, which remind LaTouche’s providers when patients are due for certain labs or procedures. As a result, LaTouche’s providers are better able to adhere to clinical guidelines and improve health care quality.
Dr. David Kendrick, MD, is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine (SOCM). At SOCM, Dr. Kendrick also serves as the Chief of the Department of Community Medical Informatics, where he defines and implements health information systems strategy for the hospital. Dr. Kendrick is developing SOCM’s electronic health record system to support patient-centered medical homes, which will lead to greater care coordination and better patient outcomes in his community. In addition, Dr. Kendrick is the Principle Investigator and CEO of the MyHealth Access Network. In this role he focuses on expanding the Health IT infrastructure of the greater Tulsa area to increase health information exchange and implement a clinical decision support platform for providers in the area. Read Dr. Kendrick’s Success Story.
Dr. Valeriya Kettelhut, MD, PhD, MPH, is Clinical Quality Lead at Nebraska Medicine. In this role, Valeriya leverages meaningful use to improve transplant patient survival and decrease cost of care. She analyzes different health data sources for quality measures, performs data integration, develops algorithms for business intelligence, and delivers clinical outcomes analytics and BI reports to various hospital stockholders. One of her focuses is healthcare cost-containment. Recently, she deployed a technology that helps maximize data analytics productivity and shortens the time of delivering actionable information to clinicians. Valeriya is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association. She also held the American Board of Medical Quality Certification.
This class will increase the HIT Fellows program's cumulative participation to 78 provider and administrator champions from 30 states! Participation in this program is strictly voluntary and we are thrilled to have such a strong and diverse cohort moving into our third year as a program. Fellows are empowered to work with the local & national community to promote open and productive dialogue, including working with a local provider/practice to help them leverage meaningful use.
When nominated as a Health IT Fellow, Ms. Emily Krohn was Chief Information Officer at Boone County Health Center, a critical access hospital in Albion, Nebraska. Driven by her passion for health reform and rural health, Ms. Krohn supported Boone County Health Center in its path to meaningful use. She worked with a team of key stakeholders to track and measure progress towards meeting meaningful use. Through staff education, inter-departmental communication, and consistent messaging to providers, Ms. Krohn helped ensure providers complied with all measures. With her support, Boone County Health Center attested to Stage 1 meaningful use in February 2012. Read Ms. Krohn’s Health IT Success Story.
Robert ‘Bob’ Latz
Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ Latz, PT, DPT, CHCIO has a special interest in data sharing across the continuum of care. As such, he is the Co-Chair of the NASL (National Association for the Support of Long Term Care IMPACT Act Implementation Workgroup). In addition, he is the CIO for Trinity Rehabilitation Services which provides Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services in Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Home Health settings in five states. He is also the consulting CIO for Passage Healthcare, which manages Continuing Care Retirement Centers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In both CIO roles, he has coordinated various integrations between therapy, pharmacy, and facility software. Dr. Latz continually works to improve transitions of care thru optimizing the use of the EHR and thru other communication methods. Finally, Bob has been a member of CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) for several years and is the only Physical Therapist in the United States with Certified Healthcare CIO status.
Timothy J. Long*
Dr. Timothy J. Long, MD, is a practicing Internist and the Chief Clinical Officer at the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services. Previously, Dr. Long served as the Medical Director at Near North Health Service, an urban community health center in Chicago, Illinois. He specializes in preventive care, chronic disease management, and HIV/AIDS care. He is a strong proponent of using electronic health records to increase health care access for the underserved. Dr. Long’s practice is actively engaged in Community-Rx, an electronic database system that connects more than 200,000 Chicago residents to community resources, including mental health services, exercise facilities, and nutrition services. Meaningful use is engrained in the way Dr. Long trains his staff to use Community-Rx; more than 90% of the Alliance’s eligible providers give their patients clinical summaries with information about community resources after each office visit. Read Dr. Long’s Success Story.
Nurse Lisa Lyon, MS, RN, CDE, is Clinical Informatics Coordinator for Cherokee Nation Health Services, a tribal health system in northeast Oklahoma. Her work focuses on data integrity and process mapping to improve accuracy and efficiency within the electronic health record and throughout the health system. As Clinical Informatics Coordinator, Nurse Lyon uses electronic health record reports to identify opportunities for quality improvement. For instance, Nurse Lyon uses patient lists to identify patients with hypertension. These patients will be targeted for a pilot home blood pressure monitoring program. This is just one way her facilities use data derived from the EHR to improve patient care by engaging patients in their care. Read Ms. Lyon’s Success Story.