Posted by: AllinHIT
ACO, EHR, EpicCare, HIE
My wife once told me my brain gets bored easily, and to some degree, I must confess she is right (notice I said “to some degree”!) I believe her observation is directly related to why I love all things health IT. I keep my mind occupied with the rapid pace of health IT adoption, workflow re-engineering, informatics, meaningful use stages and comment periods. I also follow payer-related initiatives like ICD-10, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and health information exchanges (HIEs), mHealth, and of course, keeping pace with EpicCare EMR. The aforementioned topics, what I call the “full breadth of health IT”, satisfy my inquisitive nature. Recently, I’ve been focused on getting my Epic Ambulatory Certification. I’ve been ignoring my emails, other publications and material on other aspects of health IT. I’ve truly missed the full breadth of health IT in doing so, but it has given me a consulting blueprint for 2013.
My decision to focus mainly on Epic was huge, after years of being a vendor agnostic consultant. In a way, it was a shift in implementation strategies; from implementations with independent physicians to implementing with hospitals. I knew how important it was to include strategic planning into your EHR decision because I was a consultant. A consultant needs knowledge in HIEs, ACOs, and other care delivery models.
My breadth of health IT knowledge will serve my Epic clients well, especially after receiving my Epic Ambulatory Certification. What makes a really good consultant is the value-add that the client receives and didn’t expect, as I’ve often told other consultants. I will be able to use my industry knowledge and experience, combined with my Epic certification and building experience to deliver a better client solution. I don’t plan on missing the full breadth of health IT anymore, but applying it in an “epic” way.