Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Re: Informatics Grand Rounds - Tuesday, September 14th 4PM-5PM


David Cochran, MD
President and CEO
Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Medical Education Center Room 300 (Reardon Classroom)
(Note: for those who are interested in attending remotely, we are exploring the use of live Web broadcasting and will provide more information closer to the date.)

Vermont has been on a multi-year path to transforming its health system which has included a significant focus on the use of health information technology to enable improved care. In 2009, the HITECH component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created the requirement for the "meaningful use" of electronic health records by providers in order to qualify for incentive payments. The specifications for meaningful use have recently been released. How do these requirements support or conflict with Vermont's health reform initiatives? What can we anticipate in the next few years in Vermont in the deployment of electronic health records and information exchange?

Speaker Bio:
David Cochran, MD is President and CEO of Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc (VITL). VITL is responsible for supporting the deployment of Electronic Health Records throughout Vermont in support of the state's ambitious health care reform initiatives. In addition, VITL manages Vermont's statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).
      Before joining VITL in July 2009, Dr. Cochran was the senior vice president for strategic development at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, one of the leading health plans in the U.S. In that position, he led the company's business planning and strategy development processes. From 1993 to 2000, Dr. Cochran was the associate medical director for clinical practice systems at Harvard Pilgrim, where he led the effort to select and implement a new clinical information system and electronic medical record.  At Harvard Pilgrim, Dr. Cochran also led physician teams in the development and implementation of clinical guidelines, which included automating one of the first health screening guidelines in a health plan. He was directly responsible for the consumer health and provider support components of Harvard Pilgrim's Internet strategy. From 1986 to 1993, he served as the director of several health centers in the health plan's Boston-area network, providing 500,000 patient visits a year. Dr. Cochran received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1979. He did his internship in Internal Medicine at UC San Francisco Affiliated Hospitals, and his residency in Medicine, Primary Care at UC San Francisco Affiliated Hospitals. He was an Internist at Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston from 1982 to 1997.

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Informatics Grand Rounds is a joint initiative between the University of Vermont (Center for Clinical and Translational Science – Informatics Unit, Continuing Education, and Dana Medical Library), Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the State of Vermont.

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