We are pleased to introduce Douglas J. Blair, an expert in the field of electronic medical records (EMR). Doug is a fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a Certified Professional with the Health Information Management Systems Society.
Following an early career in medical practice management, Doug has been developing, installing and troubleshooting EMR systems for 20 years. From 2000 to 2009 he was the Senior Director of Physician Information Systems at the Mount Carmel Health System in Central Ohio. In that position, he pursued a strong vision of bringing physicians and clinicians closer to the hospital with information technologies. Under his guidance, EMR, digital imaging and practice management systems were implemented on a widespread basis at the ambulatory clinics and physician offices affiliated with Mount Carmel. He also led a partnership with the City of Columbus, in which Mount Carmel supplied EMR applications and support to the city’s Public Health Department and Community Health Center clinics.
Doug subsequently led rollouts of the Epic Ambulatory EMR system at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio; at MemorialCare Health System in Greater Los Angeles, California; at 24 sites for Sparrow Health System, Lansing, Michigan; at 50 locations for Kettering Health Network, Miamisburg, Ohio; and at 37 sites for Cone Health System, Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2013 he supervised the implementation of both inpatient and ambulatory EMR systems for Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, a large urban health system in Brooklyn, New York. His duties included overseeing the activities of 240 support staff. He then led multi-hospital implementations at the University of Maryland Medical System, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Washington.
Doug has been a speaker on electronic medical records, digital imaging and practice management at national events on many occasions; has presented at hospital grand rounds; and has published articles in, and been interviewed by, several healthcare journals and magazines.
If you have received electronic medical records from a physician’s office, clinic, or hospital that you think may be incomplete, altered, or otherwise suspicious, please contact us to review Doug Blair’s CV and fee schedule and schedule a preliminary phone conversation with him.
In the coming weeks, we’ll have a blog post by Doug explaining the methods he uses to ferret out errors, omissions and alterations in EMR. Following that, he will explore the many unintentional errors that can arise from the use of EMR – including a slew of problems that those of us who lack Doug’s deep understanding of EMR are completely unaware of.