The United States invests far more than any other nation in healthcare yet fails to attain expected improvements in health and quality of life. The Department of Medical Informatics (MI) at the School of Community Medicine is committed to the achievement of a Learning Health System in Oklahoma and nationwide.
MEDICAL INFORMATICS AT OU-TULSA
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On July 23, 2015, the Department’s Chair, Dr. David Kendrick, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension in the full committee hearing on Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology: Information Blocking and Potential Solutions.
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The Department of Medical Informatics’ research activities focus on health and healthcare delivery improvement in an effort to facilitate a Learning Health System in Oklahoma and nationwide. In a Learning Health System, healthcare IT and advanced health analytics enable data from today’s healthcare activities and decisions to become tomorrow’s clinical decision support, population management, and clinical research findings. Historically, the discovery and incorporation of new knowledge into healthcare delivery has taken more than a decade to achieve. The Learning Health System promises to greatly reduce the time and expenses required to discover new knowledge and put it into practice. The Department of Medical Informatics is actively working to achieve the Learning Health System through innovative collaborations.
Clinical Information Systems supports the clinical applications and medical equipment utilized in the OU-Tulsa clinics. These applications include GE Centricity EMR, AllscriptsPM, Carestream PACS, Sonultra, VascuPro, Your Health Connection patient portal, Dragon Clinically Speaking, and MDCoder. We also design and support the interfaces between these systems and from/to external sources including MyHealth Health Information Exchange and numerous laboratories. The medical equipment includes ultrasounds, x-rays, spirometers, and EKGs. Many of these devices upload directly into the EMR, reporting systems and PACSs.
The team includes 13 individuals with skills in project management, training, analyzing, database administration, development, billing coders, and helpdesk support. Besides the day to day support of users and maintenance of existing systems, we continue to add new functionality for the patients and users. Some projects in which we are participating or leading currently include Meaningful Use, CPCi, PQRS, chargepassing, PACS replacement, new Pediatric Cardiology Reporting system, Perinatal Reporting system replacement, and new interfaces to a hospital for lab results and discharge information.
We are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 918-660-3550.
Dr. David Kendrick chairs the Department of Medical Informatics and serves as the Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning for the OU Health Sciences Center. He is the principal investigator and CEO of MyHealth Access Network, Oklahoma’s non-profit health information network, which ensures that every Oklahoman’s complete health record is securely available where and when they need it for care and health decision-making. Dr. Kendrick is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a member of the Board of Directors for the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), and convening faculty for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCi). Dr. Kendrick served as Senior Counsel for Interoperability to the National Coordinator for Health IT and continues to work closely with ONC.
Dr. Kendrick received his BS in Chemical Engineering and MD from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Daniel Duffy is an internal medicine physician. He has served as Dean of the OU, Tulsa School of Community Medicine, Senior Vice President for the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a member of the quality committees of MyHealth, the National Committee on Quality Improvement, and the National Quality Forum. He has written and lectured on the incorporation of principles of knowledge management into the core competencies for medical practice. As dean, he helped OU-Tulsa campus adopt project management for changing and introduced practice-based learning and improvement. He supported OU Physicians in developing the patient centered medical home, which ultimately landed the prestigious Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative grant, the SoonerHAN with Medicaid, and the Beacon Community Grant that evolved into the MyHealth Access Network, one of the most advanced health information exchanges in the country.
Dr. Duffy received his BS in zoology from the University of Pittsburgh and MD from Temple University.