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.
Mrs. Homco is an Instructor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She leads the Department’s community analytics and research team. This team is responsible for providing reporting and statistical support to the OU Physicians-Tulsa clinics, the Sooner Health Access Network (HAN), and numerous multidisciplinary researchers across campus. Prior to working at the University of Oklahoma, Mrs. Homco served as the Health Planner for the Tulsa City-County Health Department. In this role, she authored the Tulsa County Health Profile 2010. She frequently analyzed data through local, state, and national databases to identify community needs and health trends. She is particularly interested in the impact of health information technology on utilization, disease prevention, and overall population health.
Mrs. Homco is currently a PhD Candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma. She received her MPH from Saint Louis University with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics.
Chuck Tryon is a faculty member in the Department of Medical Informatics. He serves as the project manager for the Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative (OPHIC). In that role, Chuck managed the AHRQ-funded EvidenceNOW: Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma (H2O) and Do No Harm: Pain and Opioid Management, in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Prior to joining OU, Chuck spent 30 years as a full-time consultant and seminar leader in the topics of Project Management, Knowledge Management and Process Design. He is the author of two books, Managing Organizational Knowledge: 3rd Generation Knowledge Management and Beyond and Project Identification: Capturing Great Ideas to Dramatically Improve Your Organization, both published by Taylor and Francis’ CRC Press. He teaches graduate courses in Knowledge Management and Project Management for the Organizational Dynamics program at OU-Tulsa.
He received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa and M.S. in Knowledge Management from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Brent Beasley is the Medical Director for the Internal Medicine practice and a Professor within the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. He also serves as the Medical Director for the Sooner HAN care management team within the Department of Medical Informatics. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.
He completed his medical doctorate and residency in Internal Medicine at OU-Tulsa, as well as an additional fellowship in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Baker University.
Dr. Nancy Inhofe is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Medical Director of the Pediatric Asthma Clinic at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. She is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Inhofe has over 20 years of clinical experience in the evaluation and management of children with asthma. She has been a sub-investigator of the WIND Study since 2012, a multicenter prospective cohort study of the future development of asthma in children with severe bronchiolitis in infancy. Her quality improvement research involves development of an asthma decision support tool within EMR to support physicians at point of care. Dr. Inhofe is collaborating with Sooner HAN as Asthma Intervention Specialist to provide standard of care asthma tools and consultation to community physicians caring for difficult to control asthma patients and their families.
Dr. Inhofe received her BS in Psychology from Duke University and MD from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Sarah McClanahan is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Oxley Chair of Integrated Program of Assertive Community Treatment at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. She currently serves as Medical Director of the University of Oklahoma Integrated Program of Assertive Community Treatment (IMPACT), providing psychiatric outreach care to patients with chronic and persistent mental illness. She also provides outpatient psychiatric care in the OU Physicians Psychiatry Clinics at the Schusterman and serves as Behavioral Health Medical Director of the Sooner Health Access Network (HAN), serving Medicaid patients in the state of Oklahoma.
She completed her B.S. in Biochemistry at Oklahoma Baptist University prior to receiving her Doctor of Osteopathy degree at the Oklahoma State University.