Ways to Improve the Effectiveness and Impact of Health Information Technology on Patient Safety and Quality and the Value of Health IT - Part 2: Organizational Best Practices for Optimizing Health IT Safety

Jan 10, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST

In the spring of 2015, The Joint Commission released Sentinel Alert #54, focused on the safe implementation and use of health IT.  An organizational-wide culture of safety, high reliability and effective change management needs to be established in order to safely implement and use health IT.  This webinar will explore how thought-leading healthcare providers are establishing a proactive, methodical approach to health IT process improvement that includes assessing patient safety risks, the importance of information governance, utilizing multi-disciplinary integrating quality, safety, and IT departments in addressing potential risks, vendor selection and involvement, change management, and the monitoring of system effectiveness. 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the impact of the Joint Commission’s Sentinel Alert #54 focused on the safe use of HIT
  • Describe the attributes of an effective information governance has it relates to patient safety
  • Explore best practices related to patient safety-related health IT change management 


Amy Feaster | Vice President of Information Technology | Centura Health

Amy Feaster is the Vice President of Information Technology for Centura Health. Amy and her teams support 15 hospitals, 7 senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, FlightForLife Colorado, 13 Colorado Health Neighborhoods and home care and hospice services with first class Information Technology Support.  Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, is focused on connecting Colorado and Kansas to affordable, world-class care. All of the Centura hospitals have either achieved HIMSS Stage 7 or Stage 6 certification. She earned a Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology. Amy serves as Board Chair for South Metro Health Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is to unite the community for better access to health care for all. Amy has been with Centura Health for over twenty-five years.

Ferdinand T. Velasco, M.D. | Vice President and Chief Health Information Officer | Texas Health Resources

Ferdinand T. Velasco, M.D. is the Vice President and Chief Health Information Officer of Texas Health Resources (THR), located in Arlington, Texas. He is the physician champion for THR’s medical informatics initiatives and provides clinical and executive leadership for the organization’s electronic health record initiative. In addition to his role at THR, Dr. Velasco chairs the National Quality Forum (NQF) eMeasure Review Panel and the HIMSS Quality Cost and Safety Committee. In 2010, he was recognized among the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists by Modern Healthcare.

Mary Beth Mitchell, MSN, RN, BC, CPHIMS |CNIO | Texas Health Resources

Mary Beth is the chief nursing information officer for Texas Health Resources, (THR). THR is a 14-hospital not-for-profit, faith-based organization located in north Texas.  In the role of CNIO Mary Beth oversees the nursing adoption, utilization and optimization of the electronic health record (EHR) for all hospitals within THR. She also serves as the liaison for all information technology-related nursing projects. In this role, Mary Beth chairs the THR Nursing Informatics Council and participates in the Chief Nursing Officer Council, System Leadership Council, as well as other Information Technology Leadership Committees and multidisciplinary teams.

Lola Rust, RN | Nursing Informaticist | Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Lola Rust is a nurse Informaticist for Texas Health Resources, working out of their Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton facility.  In this role, she acts as EHR site leader.  Prior to that role, she acted as Director of the Emergency Department at the facility.