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Accessible, Flexible, Affordable and Interoperable

A Sensible Healthcare IT Framework

DATE: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
LOCATION: HSI Boardroom (207A)

The US has embarked on a huge $49 billion national experiment to deploy electronic patient records and interconnect them with health information exchange.  There are many complex structural, policy and economic reasons why healthcare is so far behind other industries in using modern information technology.  In particular, good models of voluntary and sustainable adoption are hard to find outside of “special” situations like the Mayo and Geisinger Clinics and Kaiser -- organizations that function according to policies and economics that are very different from the rest of the country.

Doug Horner, founder of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) and, will share insights gained from fifteen (15) years as a healthcare IT entrepreneur. Doug will outline the inception of MIE as one of the first sustainable health information exchanges in the United States, the evolution of MIE into the development of electronic health record solutions used by physician practices as well as employers that operate on-site employee health clinics, and the launch of a personal health record company. Doug will track the progression of various IT architectures proposed and deployed to support healthcare delivery, and will discuss his vision of a web-based model that enables medical professionals to adopt electronic health record solutions that are accessible, flexible, affordable and interoperable. Find out why organizations ranging from family practice physicians to Fortune 500 companies like Google, Eli Lilly, and The Dow Chemical Company are attracted to Doug’s “minimally invasive approach to electronic health records.”

Speaker Bio

Doug conceived the WebChart product portfolio and the Med-Web network, now one of the few commercially viable United States HIOs. As president and chief technology officer, Doug provides overall leadership across a broad range of activities including strategic planning, product development, and integration efforts.
Doug has nearly two decades of software industry experience, building expertise in systems, networks, and management. His experience in healthcare technology has enabled MIE to predict the impact of the Internet, browsers, and other new technology on healthcare. A former electrical engineering student at Purdue University, Doug has published several papers on medical technology, artificial intelligence, and information systems.
Previously, Doug served as senior software engineer for NBS Imaging, designing and implementing statewide imaging and digital driver license systems and as Chief Software Engineer of Medisys, Inc., a medical-office software provider.

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