I fell in love with health IT in the early 1990s when I began working for Baptist Health Kentucky doing data analysis of risk management incident report and patient satisfaction surveys. Now, after starting my own business in 2012 after completing my MBA and serving in leadership positions in health IT, I can say the fondest memories in my career have been those in which technology has changed how providers can deliver healthcare or patients can access healthcare.
Although CPOE struggled for years before the ARRA/HITECH Meaningful Use program, I have seen firsthand how a provider, interacting with the system directly, has improved the accuracy and efficiency of patient care. There have been countless stories where providers have told me the computer system saved a patient’s life, because they had access to a result or the software helped avoid an adverse event in the patient care continuum.
My love and passion for health IT is very real for myself and those that I have had the pleasure of leading over the years. I have been involved with HIMSS for the past 15 years, serving on various committees and task forces. Throughout that time, I have been actively involved with the Kentucky Bluegrass HIMSS Chapter serving as chapter president twice, and a variety of board positions over the years.
I always tell everyone that it could be one of us, a family member, a neighbor or friend that needs healthcare in these facilities. I want them to know what I know for sure – the technology we implement and support each and every day goes to support the providers taking care of those patients.
While I hope it is not someone we know or love in the emergency department of a facility, I want them to know they are making a difference in patient care. Providers need to have timely information at their fingertips to make life or death decisions for that patient. Looking back at the last nearly 25 years in healthcare, it is amazing to see how far we have come. In my opinion, the most exciting era of health IT is yet to come.
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