Geek boot camp for am­bi­tious physi­cian IT spe­cial­ists

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Joseph Conn

Physi­cian in­for­ma­tion-tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ists, whose num­bers are grow­ing, will be at­tend­ing a boot camp this week at the Physi­cian-Com­puter Con­nec­tion Sym­po­sium, the an­nual con­ven­tion of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Med­i­cal Di­rec­tors of In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems in Ojai, Calif.

The new three-day train­ing pro­gram for physi­cians hop­ing to be­come chief med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers or health­care chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers started Sun­day. It is a joint project of AMDIS and the Col­lege of Health­care In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Ex­ec­u­tives.

“You would have been strung up just a cou­ple of years ago say­ing the CMIO is go­ing to take the CIO’s job,” said Dr. Wil­liam Bria, AMDIS’ pres­i­dent. “The re­al­ity is that a num­ber of our col­leagues are now mov­ing into these po­si­tions.”

The train­ing pro­gram fac­ulty in­cludes Bria and Rus­sell Branzell, CEO of the Col­lege of Health­care In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Ex­ec­u­tives.

On the open­ing day of the AMDIS reg­u­lar con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day, KLAS En­ter­prises, a health IT mar­ket re­search firm, will re­lease the re­sults of its sur­vey with AMDIS on the im­pact of elec­tronic health records on pa­tient care. Other pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing the sym­po­sium, which runs through Fri­day, will in­clude an up­date on federal health IT pol­icy from Dr. Ja­cob Rei­der, deputy na­tional co­or­di­na­tor in HHS’ Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy. There also will be ses­sions by AMDIS mem­bers on lev­er­ag­ing federal mean­ing­ful-use re­quire­ments for qual­ity-of-care im­prove­ment, data an­a­lyt­ics, pa­tient en­gage­ment in in­for­mat­ics, and com­put­er­ized clin­i­cal-de­ci­sion sup­port.

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