ONC fellows help docs make most of IT
August 16, 2013 in Medical Technology
Twenty-eight meaningful use-savvy clinicians and healthcare professionals from 18 states will be helping other providers find success with informaton technology as the Office of the National Coordinator’s inaugural class of Health IT Fellows.
The fellows mostly represent primary care and include 17 physicians, five administrative workers, three office managers, one IT professional, one nurse and one nurse practitioner — all of them well-versed in using IT for care coordination, medication management, preventive care and other areas.
Serving strictly on a voluntary basis, the fellows “will help promote and focus attention on stories, tools, and technical assistance that can be used in providers’ offices nationwide,” the ONC said.
While one of the goals for the fellows is to have them “work with the local and national community to promote open and productive dialogue” around health IT, the fellows are also “of, by, and for the practices,” the ONC said, and will “continue to provide insight” into improving Meaningful Use.
While all have experience in primary care, the fellows are working in specific areas to correspond with National Quality Strategy programs: patient safety, cardiovascular disease and EHRs.
Among the fellows is perhaps the first doctor in New Jersey (or one of them) to attest to Meaningful Use — Douglas Ashinsky, MD, an internist at Somerset Medical Center and Warren Internal Medicine in Warren, New Jersey, where he’s worked since 1989. One of his interests has been focusing on medication reconciliation post-hospital discharge, as part of a readmissions reduction strategy.
Another one of the 17 docs is Alan Barton, MD, a pediatrician and owner of Colorado River Pediatrics in northwestern Arizona. Specializing in treating chronic conditions and working with patients with special needs like autism, Barton started using health IT early on to maintain problem lists and medication lists, especially for asthma patients.
The fellows also includes docs with feet in both the clinic and IT, such as Felix Carpio, MD, clinical informatics director at AltaMed Health Services in Los Angeles. Carpio directed AltaMed’s early intervention program for HIV, worked as the “physician champion” during AltaMed’s EHR implementation and is currently heading the provider’s assessment of clinical quality performance.
See the next page for the list of Health IT Fellows.