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Have you ever wished you could make improving the EMR part of your job, but shrugged off the idea because you don’t have a technical background? My guest today, Dr. Julie Hollberg, is a hospitalist and the CMIO of Emory Healthcare. She’s here to discuss how she climbed the informatics ladder and why a technical background is not a prerequisite for this role. Dr. Hollberg will discuss the various ways physicians can be involved in improving the EMR, who might be best suited for this role, and how to pursue this path if it interests you.
In this episode we’re talking about:
- How Julie got started working in the informatics field
- Why a desire to help her colleagues motivates Dr. Hollberg’s work
- How our personality type may help determine which roles are best for us
- Different types of healthcare and industry informatics roles for physicians
- Why having some ongoing clinical work is important for physician informaticists
- How conflict management is an important skill for EMR leadership roles
- Where to learn more about informatics and typical compensation for these roles
Links for this episode:
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
Physician Transition Starter Kit – A “must have” when you’re questioning your career path. This 25-page guide answers many of your questions about career transition, nonclinical options, and how to just get started.
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I must make one comment about the perils of over-use of pre-populated fields and/or checklists designed to make sign-out easier for clinicians. I have seen some reports, the result of EMR systems providing such a convenience, in which certain statements within the history are not only wrong, but are also in conflict with the patient’s primary diagnosis! For example, a cardiology report on a patient with dementia that lists the neurological status as “Alert & oriented x3”. Undoubtedly, this was a pre-populated field, and probably a statement that is accurate for most cardiology patients, even when no formal neuro assessment is done. However, for some patients, (particularly when routinely accompanied by their healthcare POA), a diagnosis of dementia should at least trigger a caution to the clinician against using the auto-fill for statements that require an actual neuro exam to be done.
Thank you for sharing your cautionary comments about pre-populated fields in the EMR Lisa! You are right, inaccurate information can become part of the medical record and create problems.