Hal Baker doesn’t boast the typical CIO resume, one with a deep background in applications and infrastructure management. But what he does posses might be even more crucial for success in today’s HITECH word, with its focus on the implementation of advanced clinical systems. That’s because Baker is an M.D. — and one who has spent time as a CMIO to boot. Both his experience as a practicing physician and as the bridge between IT and the organization’s clinicians means Baker knows what it takes to bring independent docs to the CPOE table — a table at which they will have to sit if WellSpan is to earn its allotted Meaningful Use monies. To learn more about Baker’s leadership, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently caught up with the Pennsylvania-based executive.
- Meeting Meaningful Use Stage 1
- CPOE journey — “What we see with CPOE is a chance for us to standardize our workflow”
- The beauty of order sets — “People will have to make a conscious decision to depart from best practices”
- CPOE planning “illuminates” all kinds of workarounds
- Physician engagement — “The message is coming from the hospital leadership, and I think that is the most critical thing”
- Very important to make clear “Who owns the CPOE project”