Physician Community Podcast

Episode #21: The HIE Ready Community


Lynn Witherspoon, MD, System Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for the Ochsner Health System, discusses the critical challenges faced by physicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, how far they have progressed in breaking down silos within the stakeholder community, and what he sees in the future for Louisiana's Healthcare Information Exchange.

In Part Two, Dr. Witherspoon shares his perspectives on how this disaster impacted Louisiana's forward progress in the on-going development of their Healthcare Information Exchange. Learn about the value and power of the EHR, the importance of building relationships and trust, and the factors that enable a successful community exchange. Dr. Witherspoon also discusses the establishment of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and the important role this organization has played and will continue to play in the further expansion of a statewide HIE. The interview was conducted by Linda Christmann, MD, VPMA/Regional CMO of CHRISTUS Central Louisiana, Arlington, LA.

Learn more about the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum