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McNutt: Stage 2 medication reconciliation more complex than it looks

Pam McNutt, SVP and CIO at Methodist Health System, discusses what keeps her awake at night when it comes to implementing meaningful use stage 2.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For CIOs tasked with implementing meaningful use stage 2, one sticky problem will be medication reconciliation between systems. For Pam McNutt, senior vice president and CIO at Methodist Health System in Dallas, that's one reason she is advocating an extension of meaningful use stage 2 deadlines along with her peers in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

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Medication reconciliation not only requires software linkage between data systems, but also workflow changes, process changes and training for nurses and ancillary staff, she told SearchHealthIT in this podcast interview on-site at National Health IT Week. She also details Methodist's plan to roll out stage 2, which includes a "full-court press" to get 100% of hospital physicians to electronically enter order sets for 100% of patient care.

Next: Interview with Marc Probst, vice president and CIO at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.

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