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Pediatric emergency medicine, quality care and health IT

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I am a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas, with over 20 years of clinical experience. In addition to clinical practice, my passion is to improve the quality of healthcare through the broad adoption and effective use of health information technology (IT). I led Cook Children’s through a conversion to a fully electronic medical record from 2002-2009. During that time we achieved Leapfrog recognition for the successful implementation computerized physician order entry. After returning to full-time clinical work in 2009, I began using my health IT knowledge and expertise to participate in community-wide health IT initiatives to improve quality of healthcare. I have served on multiple local and statewide health IT task forces, committees and boards and currently serve as Chairman for both the North Texas Regional Extension Center Board and the Texas Medical Association’s Health IT Committee. I am a board member of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation which serves as a catalyst in the North Texas to help providers collect and use health data from over 80 hospitals to improve quality of care across the region. I have been appointed to several task forces under the Texas Health Services Authority, which is working to improve health information exchange across Texas, including the Privacy/Security Task Force and the Collaboration Council. Through these entities I am involved with health IT advocacy, health IT policy development, education of health IT stakeholders, promoting the adoption of electronic health records and helping to shape the maturation of health information exchange in Texas. I strive to bring a patient-centered focus to health IT planning efforts, advocate for development health IT tools that fit within the clinician’s work flow and financial constraints, and promote fair and ethical use of quality metrics in healthcare. In 2012 I was recognized as one of the Modern Healthcare Top 25 Clinical Informaticists.