Dan Paoletti is the chief executive officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership. He’s been at the helm of the non-profit, start-up since 2011, after serving as interim CEO, and for two years, as an Ohio Hospital Association representative on the board. He is a member of the HIMSS HIE Committee, and will be a speaker at the HIMSS Regional Event, “Beyond Stage One Meaningful Use Education,” which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3. A networking reception will be held in HIMSS Innovation Center on the 4th floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. EDT, followed by dinner and the education session on the 1st floor of the building.
Under Paoletti’s guidance, Ohio is now a national leader in electronic health record adoption, Meaningful Use achievement and health information exchange. More than 6,000 Ohio primary care physicians have signed up for electronic health records. The statewide CliniSync Health Information Exchange has 141 hospitals and about 1,600 independent physicians contracted to exchange health information.
HIMSS: How did you become involved with HIMSS?
Paoletti: My involvement with HIMSS stemmed from my intense interest in health IT and its emerging importance in the healthcare industry, which has steadily increased over time and accelerated with the passage of the HITECH Act. Because of HIMSS’ notable presence in the health IT arena, it was a natural choice to become part of this organization.
HIMSS: What has been the most rewarding aspect of your involvement with HIMSS?
Paoletti: Through HIMSS, I’ve been able to keep up on important topics in the industry, network with peers and learn from innovators.
HIMSS: Please give a brief description of the Dec. 3 Meaningful Use Regional Event.
Paoletti: We’ll be spending the evening at a dinner held on the first floor of the new Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, which will be an exciting venue for the event. Physicians and other clinicians, practice managers and health IT folks will learn about Meaningful Use Stage 2, health information exchange and how it can assist with MU2 measures. Most importantly, they’ll be learning from physicians who have used electronic health records and understand Meaningful Use.
HIMSS: What do you hope to accomplish this year with the HIE Committee this year?
Paoletti: I hope I can help others become successful in exchanging health information and share materials and information that can help the industry achieve this goal.
HIMSS: How did Ohio reach such notable success in Meaningful Use achievement and health information exchange?
Paoletti: It all comes down to collaboration and leadership. First, we helped 6,000 primary care physicians adopt electronic health records and continue to assist them in Meaningful Use incentives. Statewide, we’re sixth in the country for MU achievement through the EHR incentive program, and we really did this through collaboration with Ohio Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Health, HealthBridge in Cincinnati, and other strong partners who saw the need for sharing patient health information. We also have 141 hospitals and more than 1,600 physicians committed to the CliniSync HIE network. We achieved this in less than two years through the leadership of the healthcare community across Ohio and champions in the industry who helped push our success forward.
HIMSS: What are the most notable changes you’ve seen in the field of health IT over the course of your career?
Paoletti: Health IT in this area of the country has an important spot at the leadership table with most healthcare providers. Health IT is now a key tool in the future of healthcare in our state and in the nation.
HIMSS: What advice would you give professionals just entering the healthcare or IT field?Paoletti: I’d tell them to learn from what has both succeeded and failed in the past, try to understand why, and surround yourself with smart peers.
Paoletti is a speaker for the HIMSS Event, “Beyond Stage One Meaningful Use Education,” which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Registration for this event is free of charge