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POET/Joan Ash, Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Mailcode: BICC
Portland, OR 97239-3098

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
Corbett, Oregon
May 5-7, 2010
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Conference Participants

Listed in alphabetical order:

David Bates, M.D., M.B.A.
Brian Churchill, Ph.D., R.N.
John Dulcey, M.D.
Scott Evans, Ph.D., M.S.
Dick Gibson, M.D., Ph.D.
Joan Kapusnik-Uner, R.Ph.
Gil Kuperman, M.D., Ph.D.
Victor Lee, M.D.
Nancy Lorenzi, Ph.D.
Julie McGowan, Ph.D., MLS.
Randolph Miller, M.D.
W. Paul Nichol, M.D.
Tom Payne, M.D., FACP
Brian Patty, M.D.
Eric Poon, M.D., M.P.H.
Michael Shabot, M.D.
Chuck Tuchinda, M.D., MBA

POE Research Team - POET

This conference was supported by grant LM 06942-01 from the National Library of Medicine.


David Bates, M.D., M.Sc.

David is Chief, Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is a practicing general internist. He also serves as Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partner's Healthcare Systems. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American College of Medical Informatics, and is the board chairman of the American Medical Informatics Association.Back to list

Brian Churchill, Ph.D., R.N.

Brian is the project lead of POE implementation at PeaceHealth Inc.'s five Pacific Northwest hospitals.  He has been an R.N. for 24 years with clinical experience in the ICU.  He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Public Health and Healthcare Informatics at Oregon State University.  Brian has worked with clinical computer systems for nearly 15 years and has spent the last 7 years working on the implementation of the IDX product LastWord. Brian's active and leading involvement in a POE implementation will bring a current and unique perspective to this panel. Back to list

John Dulcey, M.D.

John is an internist with 21 years of clinical experience in direct patient care. For the past 12 years, he has worked for various vendors including GE, Siemens, and NextGen. Currently, he is a Physician Consultant with the Eclipsys (now Allscripts) working directly with customers implementing Sunrise Clinical Manager CPOE, Medication Reconciliation, and Clinical Decision Support. Back to list

Scott Evans, Ph.D., M.S.

Scott is a Senior Medical Informaticist in the department of Medical Informatics at LDS Hospital and Intermountain Health Care, a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and an adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Evans received his BS degree in Zoology and MS degree in Microbiology/Parasitology from Brigham Young University. He received his PhD in Medical Biophysics & Computing from the University of Utah. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association and is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics. In 1993 he received the "Priscilla M. Mayden Award" for outstanding contribution in the field of Medical Informatics and in 1997 received the "Oslers Cloak" award for excellence in caring and curing from Intermountain Health Care. His major experience and interests have been in the design, development, and evaluation of computerized tools for the selection and management of anti-infective agents, computer methods to identify and reduce adverse drug events, adverse medical device events and venous thrombosis events, computerized methods to identify patients needing isolation, computerized methods to identify and reduce hospital-acquired infections, notifiable diseases and using medical device interfaces to improve patient safety. A number of these computerized tools are clinically operational at several hospitals at Intermountain Health Care. Back to list

Dick Gibson, M.D., Ph.D.

Dick is Chief Medical Information Officer for the Providence Health System, which spans a four-state area: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Southern California. He is an emergency physician and family physician who also trained in Medical Informatics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He moved to Portland, Oregon six years ago to take his present position and has been instrumental in implementing a variety of clinical information systems for Providence. He is presently involved in the planning of a POE implementation. Dick brings valuable clinical informatics and implementation expertise to this conference. Back to list

Joan Kapusnik-Uner, R.Ph.

Joan Kapusnik-Uner is Manager of Disease Decision Support at First DataBank and is considered a specialist in the area of pharmacoinformatics, which studies the interface of technology and the practice of pharmacy. She has been a leader on First DataBank's drug vocabulary standards initiatives, including past participation in the HL7 Structure Product Label (SPL) sub-committees and the Vocabulary Technical Committee, whose projects evolved into RxNorm development at the National Library of Medicine. In 2008, she was named to the Health Literacy and Prescription Container Labeling Advisory Panel of U.S. Pharmacopeia. In 1993, Dr.Kapusnik- Uner received the distinguished honor of Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at UCSF. Dr.Kapusnik-Uner received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California at San Francisco School of Pharmacy and completed residency training programs in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Illinois, in Infectious Diseases at the UCSF School of Pharmacy, and completed a Pharmacokinetics in Antimicrobials research fellowship for Merck, also at UCSF. Back to list

Gil Kuperman, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kuperman is the Board Chair and Executive Director of NYCLIX, a RHIO serving Manhattan and other parts of New York City. NYCLIX includes 10 academic medical centers, two large ambulatory care organizations, and the nation’s largest home care organization. Dr. Kuperman co-chaired the Core Content Specification Workgroup for the Nationwide Health Information Network Trial Implementation that demonstrated the interoperability of twenty operational health information organizations across the country. Dr. Kuperman also is the Director for Interoperability Informatics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His role there is to help the hospital realize the benefits of interoperability internally, with its business partners and through participating in regional data interchange efforts. Dr. Kuperman is on the faculty of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Medical School. He has been an author on 65 articles related to medical informatics. He is a member of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Kuperman has an extensive research record measuring the impact of health information technology, especially clinical decision support on the quality and efficiency of medical care. Back to list

Victor Lee, M.D.

Victor Lee attended the University of California at Berkeley where he received BA degrees in both biochemistry and psychology. He earned his MD degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA and completed an internal medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, CA where also worked as a per diem hospitalist and teaching attending. He attained board certification in internal medicine and maintains an academic affiliation with the University of California at Los Angeles as an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Victor joined Zynx Health in December 2001 and currently serves as director of content development where he oversees the development of products that provide point-of-care clinical decision support when customized and integrated into electronic health record systems. Victor also leads the company’s clinical informatics efforts which span the modeling and mapping of standardized healthcare terminology as well as the functional and semantic interoperability of order sets and plans of care between Zynx and a wide variety of electronic health record software systems. He has had several publications in healthcare journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine. Back to list

Nancy Lorenzi, Ph.D.

Nancy is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dr. Lorenzi is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs with a major focus on informatics, quality, strategy and transformation. She was President of the International Medical Informatics Association (2004-2007) and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (2010-2011). She is also on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Public Health Informatics. Within the Department of Biomedical Informatics Dr. Lorenzi is the Director of the Implementation Sciences Laboratory. The Implementation Sciences Laboratory is a community of scholars interested in achieving implementation goals for information-based systems to support operations, research, and education in complex healthcare organizations. This incorporates information-based systems for clinical practice and research into strategies and methodologies for higher adoption of translational research in clinical practice. Dr. Lorenzi is known nationally and internationally for her work in transformation and managing technological change in healthcare organizations.Back to list

Julie McGowan, Ph.D.

Julie holds academic appointments in the IU School of Medicine as Professor and Chair of the Department of Knowledge Informatics and Translation and as Professor of Pediatrics. She also holds adjunct appointments in Nursing and Library and Information Sciences, was a founding faculty member of the School of Informatics, and is an Affiliated Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute. Recipient of a number of federal grants and contracts and author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, her research interests include evidence utilities in decision support, evaluation of HIT/EHR and RHIO implementation and outcomes, public health informatics and syndromic surveillance, and tools and outcomes of medical informatics education and educational technology. She has been actively involved in public policy relating to health information technology since the early 1990s and is currently serving her third two-year term as Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the American Medical Informatics Association. Back to list

Randolph Miller, M.D.

Randolph A. Miller entered the nascent interdisciplinary field of biomedical informatics in 1973. He is an academic general internist who saw patients for a quarter century in addition to conducting research and implementing real-world systems in biomedical informatics units for nearly 40 years. His current title at Vanderbilt University is Donald A.B. and Mary M. Lindberg University Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine. In 2002 Dr. Miller became founding PI for Vanderbiltąs NIH/NLM-sponsored Training Program in Biomedical Informatics. As Department Chair, Dr. Miller built a combined academic and clinical informatics unit that developed and evaluated leading-edge biomedical software applications focused on improving quality of care, enhancing patient safety, and exploring new modalities for education. Antoine Geissbuhler, Vanderbilt’s first post-doctoral Fellow in Biomedical Informatics, working with Drs. Miller and Stead, developed WizOrder, a care provider order entry (CPOE) system with integrated decision support. That system is now used throughout Vanderbilt and Duke Medical Centers (among other sites). In addition to improving quality of care, the Vanderbilt CPOE system has been used to introduce effective reductions in resource over-utilization by making it easier to “order the right thing at the right time”. Dr. Miller has served as President of AMIA (1994-95), and President of the American College of Medical Informatics (2003-04). He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. He was the 2007 recipient of the American Medical Informatics Association Lindberg Award for innovation in informatics. He became Editor-in-Chief of the premiere journal in Biomedical Informatics, JAMIA, in July 2002, and will serve in that position until December 31, of 2010. Back to list

W. Paul Nichol, M.D.

Paul assumed the position of Assoociate Chief of Staff for Clinical Information Management at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) in 2001, after holding numerous clinical managment positions at several VA facilities. he academic appointments include Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, School medicien, and Clinical Associate Professor in Health Services, School of public Health at the Univesrity of Washington in Seattle, Washington. VAPSHCS is nationally regonized for its use of information technology in health care and received the Nicolas C. Davies Award in 2000 for its implementation of the VHA Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). In conjunction with the Madigan Army Medical Center, it is one of three national demonstration sites for Information Technology Sharing between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Dr. Nichols's interests include electronic medical records and other point of care information technologies, personal health records, telemedicine, and their use in imporving health care systems and management of chrionic illnesses. Dr. Nichol serves as member of the VHA Health Information Systems Executive Board for Health Provider Systems and is the co-chair of the VHA MyHeaaltheVet Clinical Advisory Board. He received his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and attended Duke University School of medicine (MD Degree). He completed his reidency training at the Oregon Health Sciences University where he also spent a sabbatical year in 2001 pursuing interest in medical informatics. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and received a certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. He maintains an active practice of direct patient care and teaching medical students and residents. Back to list

Brian Patty, M.D.

Brian attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1981. He earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1986. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Minnesota. Dr. Patty is also a member of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Services (AMDIS), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS), Hennepin County Medical Society and the Minnesota Medical Association. In July 2001, Dr. Patty accepted the position of Medical Director, Fairview Clinical Information Services (FCIS) Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota where he implemented CPOE and achieved 100% electronic order entry in two hospitals. In December, 2005, the HealthEast Care System welcomed Dr. Patty as its VP/Chief Medical Informatics Officer and it is here he is responsible for championing clinical applications and the use of technology to improve both the quality and the cost of patient care, leading computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and the electronic health record (EHR) implementation system wide. He acts as a liaison working closely with physicians, nurses, administration and the information technology department and heads the Health Informatics Department managing over 50 FTEs and a $5+ million dollar budget. Dr. Patty is responsible for oversight in the implementation, optimization and use of a suite of EHR applications. He actively works with physician, nursing and ancillary groups within the HealthEast Care system as well as those outside the system to ensure their needs are met through CPOE, implementing the development and system-wide use of standardized, evidence-based order sets and their integration into McKesson’s Horizon Expert Orders (HEO). He also collaborates with the Chief Information Officer to ensure the entire suite of McKesson products functions well and serves the needs of clinicians. Dr. Patty has over 50 employees in the Health Informatics Department with seven direct reports including the System Director of Nursing Informatics, System Director of Pharmacy Informatics, System Director of Clinical Analytics the Manager of Clinical Content and two Project Managers. He has a strong passion for patient safety and works tirelessly to ensure the successful implementation of the EHR within the HealthEast Care System. Back to list

Thomas Payne, M.D.

Tom is presently Medical Director of Medical Enter Information Systems and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington. He has won accolades for his leading effort as Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Information Management at the VA Puget Sound Health Care system during the implementation of their computerized patient record system (CPRS). VA Puget Sound received the 2000 Davies Award for its implementation of CPRS and related software. He believe that many of the challenges of designing and implementing these systems involve changing the work patterns of health care professionals. Tom brings extensive expertise and experience in implementation issues as they relate to inpatient and outpatient care. Back to list

Eric Poon, M.D., M.P.H.

Eric is a Physician Researcher in the Clinical Informatics Research & Development group at Partners HealthCare Sysetem and a practicing internist at the Brigham Internal Medicine Associates at the Brigham and Womens't Hospital. His main interest have revolved around the use of electronic medical records to improve the quality of care and patient safety. He is serving on the barcode/eMAR implementation team at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he is coordinating research activities to study the impact of barcode/eMAR technology on medication safety, provider satisfaction, and workflow. Other current projects include outpatient order entry, medication reconciliation, and clinical decision support for pediatricians. Dr. Poon received his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School and his Master of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Back to list

Michael Shabot, M.D.

M. Michael Shabot is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas. He previously served as Memorial Hermann’s Chief Quality Officer. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston. Under his leadership, in 2008 Memorial Hermann received the National Patient Safety Leadership Award from the VHA Foundation and National Business Group on Health. In 2009, Memorial Hermann received the National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum. Dr. Shabot is Board certified in General Surgery and Surgery Critical Care, with specialties in general surgery, trauma surgery and critical care. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Medical Informatics. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Dr. Shabot served as Medical Director of Enterprise Information Services, Director of Surgical Intensive Care and Associate Director of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He is a past Chief of Staff at Cedars-Sinai. He served as President of the Los Angeles Surgical Society and the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. During his surgical residency, Dr. Shabot implemented a first generation electronic medical record system for the real time management of critically ill patients. Since then he has overseen the development of numerous innovations in patient care including ICU, inpatient and ambulatory systems. He has published over 340 papers, chapters, books and abstracts on critical care, trauma, physiologic monitoring and the use of computerized information systems for decision support, quality management and clinical research. A specialist in electronic medical records, Dr. Shabot conducts research on how systems can improve patient care, quality and safety. He obtained a patent on a wireless clinical alerting system in 1999. Dr. Shabot is married to Linda Ann Shabot and they have three children, all living in California. Back to list

Chuck Tuchinda, M.D.,MBA

Chuck oversees market research and competitive intelligence initiatives for new healthcare products and businesses for Hearst Business Media. Prior to joining Hearst Business Media, Chuck served as the Vice President of Business Development & Product Strategy at Eclipsys where he set the company’s strategic direction and future roadmap. He led the acquisition of the Premise Corporation and forged key partnerships with drug content companies and a health information exchange. As the former Vice President of Acute Care Solutions, Chuck managed Eclipsys’s largest product line, the “core” products, and helped Eclipsys to achieve a Gartner Generation 3 rating. As the former Vice President of Content Solutions, Chuck grew the content team to 24 people and launched three product lines, achieving $25 million in new bookings. Prior to joining Eclipsys, Chuck was an associate at Flagship Ventures specializing in early stage investments in Health IT. He also worked as an associate at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in the Business Development, in-licensing group. Chuck completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is board certified in internal medicine. He is actively licensed to practice medicine in the state of California. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School, his MD from Johns Hopkins, and a biomedical engineering degree from Harvard. He currently holds a position on the HIMSS Personal Health Records steering committee and has been a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins Division of Health Sciences Informatics. Prior to business school, Chuck created several new products and businesses. He founded a healthcare messaging company that continues to handle more than two million messages per month at Johns Hopkins, UCSF, and other hospitals. He created and sold a radiology information system to manage “nighthawk” radiology ordering and operational workflow. He created and sold a web-based, ambulatory medicine education system. He built the world’s largest database of pediatric heart sounds and worked with a team to develop algorithms that automatically screen heart sounds for cardiac disease. This led to more appropriate referrals for echocardiograms, a patent filing, and the successful out-licensing of the technology to industry. Chuck enjoys running, hiking, and skiing. He lives in the San Francisco bay area with his wife and two daughters. Back to list

POE Research Team - POET

Members of the POET will serve as facilitators, organizers and recorders for the\par conference, allowing the expert panel to focus on the topic.

POET members at the conference will include Joan Ash Ph.D., Kenneth Guappone, M.D., Ph.D., Dean Sittig, Ph.D., Adam Wright. Ph.D., Jim Carpenter, R.PH., Carmit McMullen, Ph.D., Arwen Bunce M.A., Josh Richardson, M.S., MLIS, James McCormack, Michael Shapiro, M.A., M.S., Caroline Wethern, B.S.N. Back to list



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