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The annual Health IT Leadership Summit is just around the corner. Speakers and panelists are gearing up to discuss innovating healthcare. One of those speakers, Dr. Reid Coleman, took time out of his schedule to discuss the value of the Health IT Leadership Summit, why he is passionate about health IT, and advice he has for healthcare companies that are struggling with health IT.
“Health care is drowning in data and dying of thirst for information” - Reid Coleman, MD
Reid Coleman, MD, FACP, CMIO for Evidence-Based Medicine at Nuance Communications Inc., is unique in the world of healthcare IT. Once most physicians shift over to the world of health IT (HIT), they no longer work at the bedside. Dr. Coleman, however, still works as an internist practicing medicine and teaching residents at an ambulatory clinic. He is likely one of only a handful of physicians that still practices at the bedside while working in health IT.
Interview with Reid Coleman, MD
What value does the Health IT Leadership Summit provide?
I am going to answer with a mantra that I used for most of my career in HIT which is health care is drowning in data and dying of thirst for information. And that any conference like this that helps people understand how to use technology to get information that improves patient care, makes it more efficient, makes it less effective, that’s a wonderful thing, and that’s our goal.
What is your topic? Why are you passionate about it?
I am speaking about the need for and the development of electronic personal assistant for clinicians.
I am passionate about it and interested in it because there is a need to help clinicians do their job. Not a need to find tools that do their job for them. So I am very interested in the concept of a personal assistant that automates routine tasks that make finding information, contacting other caregivers, contacting patients that makes all of that easier and allows me to do what I do best which is diagnose and treat. So I am not looking for a tool to diagnose and treats, that’s me. I am looking for a tool that takes care of all of the little tasks that get in the way of my ability to diagnose and treat.
What advice do you have for healthcare companies that are struggling with IT?
The best advice that I can give is that technology should be adopted to clinical workflow rather than expecting clinicians to modify their workflow to incorporate technology.
Health IT Clinicians at the Bedside
Dr. Coleman is an advocate for clinical health IT professionals to maintain some time at the bedside to stay connected with the workforce you are trying to help. “For two reasons, number one because it is nice to keep your hand in, and number two is because it is a good reminder of why it is better to do what you are doing.”
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