Meet Out Memeber: Robert White, MD

Associate Chief Medical Information Officer
Cleveland Clinic

Robert White, MD is an associate chief medical information officer at the Cleveland Clinic, with responsibility for EHR implementations and optimizations covering all facilities and affiliates.He is an executive champion for meaningful use efforts at Cleveland Clinic, successfully attesting stage 1 and 2 for hundreds of providers and all system hospitals.White is board certified in family medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Over the past decade, he has served as an executive leader and physician champion for the implementation of health IT and  achieving high rates of system adoption through physician engagement. White is a speaker for the Meaningful Use Paradigm: Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare event, which will be held Dec. 11 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio. 

HIMSS: How did you become involved with HIMSS?
White: I have been involved as a HIMSS member with my employers since I started as a CMIO in 2005. 

HIMSS: What has been the most rewarding aspect of your involvement with HIMSS?
White: Gradually becoming more involved as a member over the last three years has been very rewarding. I have been a HIMSS reviewer for all meaningful use and for HIE sessions at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in the past years. I have also been voted in as the president-elect for the Northern Ohio HIMSS chapter.

HIMSS: Can you provide a brief explanation of what those who attend the Physician Meaningful Use Dinnercan expect to gain?
White: It is clear that Meaningful Use, Stage 2 has created substantial challenges for all providers including individuals and more specifically hospitals. Significant work flow changes potentially need to occur and most so around the transitions-in-care objective. While this measure is the cornerstone for interoperability, it has shed light on several unintended consequences. It is also clear that the larger the hospital, the greater the challenges become. Additionally, those hospitals who have well-established work flows and documentations processes suffer when they are required to now change these efforts just for reporting purposes.

For those who are successful in attesting stage 2, comes another challenge for 2015. Reporting some measures, like the transitions of care, could be excluded, based on required minimums when reporting one quarter of data. In the future, the full year reporting of these same functional objectives will likely no longer be excluded. Reviewing or re-establishing these work flows and frequently following their progress is essential.

Finally, the due diligence required around the clinical quality measures. Electronic reporting of these measures, specifically first by hospitals, will become the established norm for clinical quality reporting. Close working relationships with hospital and provider quality groups is essential to successfully reporting these metrics.

During the evening program, I will review some these challenges and opportunities to help overcome them.

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