HIMSS honors Dr. Jeremy Bradley Family Practice located in Owensboro, Ky., as a winner of the 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence.
The Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence recognizes the most exemplary implementations and utilizations of EHR in independent ambulatory practices, community health clinics/organizations, and enterprise clinics. The award requires staff in the healthcare system applying for the award assess and document their progress and accomplishments against a framework for thinking about the process of implementing an EHR.
Dr. Bradley opened his practice in 2000 to meet the clinical needs of Daviess County, a federally designated primary care physician shortage location. Dr. Bradley provides primary care to over 9,000 active patients, with 50 percent of patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or uninsured. The practice employs one physician, one nurse practitioner, and one physician assistant.
HIMSS: How did you become involved with HIMSS?
Bradley: We applied for the 2011 HIMSS Davies Ambulatory award, and although we weren't selected as a finalist that year, we were encouraged by Dr. Daniel Griffin and others at HIMSS to reapply and won the award in 2012.
HIMSS: What has been the most rewarding aspect of your involvement with HIMSS?
Bradley: We wanted to share our health IT implementation successes and lessons learned with other providers, so we may impact their decision and help guide them through the process. We also wanted to show how utilizing health IT in a way that goes beyond just meaningful use requirements is very gratifying and rewarding to us.
HIMSS: Please describe some of the milestone events in your career.
Bradley: We have several we are proud of, including being a provider-owned-clinic since 2000; receiving several quality measure awards from insurance companies; receiving a Bridges to Excellence award; and becoming the first recognized Patient Centered Medical Home in Kentucky.
HIMSS: What are some of the ways your practice worked towards earning the 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award?
Bradley: Since we had already applied for the award in 2011 and knew the Ambulatory committee would be adding new menu measures to show meaningful utilization of health IT, our goal was to show how our office was meeting the clinical value and population management measures. This was very exciting to us because we had already been using these features within our EHR.
HIMSS: What were some of the challenges you faced during the process of applying for the award?
Bradley: Just telling your story in a way so that others can understand and relate to your experience can be a challenge because the HIMSS membership consists of people from diverse, albeit unifying, backgrounds within the healthcare field.
HIMSS: What are the most notable changes you’ve seen in the field of health IT over the course of your career?
Bradley: I believe the HITECH Act has demonstrated it has the most potential to positively impact healthcare. Our office believed this to be the case in 2008 when we adopted the use of EHRs. We recognized then an EHR is a medical tool to help us improve the medical care we provide.
HIMSS: What advice would you give professionals just entering the healthcare or IT field?
Bradley: This is an exciting time to be in the healthcare field, in part, because of the introduction of health IT. Embracing utilization of health IT, I can attest it has allowed me to provide more quality-driven, evidence- based and affordable care with less effort.