Tampa General Hospital’s Dr. Peter Chang Discusses Quality Improvement through EHR Data

Recently Dr. Peter Chang, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Tampa General Hospital, was featured in EHR Intelligence. Dr. Chang discussed the benefits of using LogicStream Health’s Clinical Process Measurement solutions for quality improvement using data from the electronic health record (EHR). Below we provide a few quotes from the article, but the full text of the feature can be found here.

Dr. Peter Chang, CMIO at Tampa General Hospital is focused on quality improvement

Dr. Chang also presented a webinar titled ‘Modernizing Quality Improvement through Clinical Process Measurement.’ In that presentation, Dr. Chang outlines how Tampa General Hospital has instituted a quality governance structure focused on improving clinical outcomes and physician satisfaction with the EHR.

Quality Improvement Article quotes:

‘Using government incentive programs as a framework for modeling what clinicians should focus on when improving patient care, Tampa General is looking to get more out of its EHR data by laying technologies over the EHR system—in Tampa General’s case, LogicStream—capable of extracting information about care quality that can be made more useful and meaningful for clinicians.’

“The data LogicStream is accessing is straight from our Epic database,” noted Chang. “It’s a tool that sits on top of our Epic database that harvests basic things—what orders were enacted, how many medications were dispensed, how many drug-to-drug alerts fired, how many best practices advisories fired.”

“We are operating in a very reactive state now,” admitted Chang. “But we’re on the verge of using LogicStream to be a little more proactive in how we approach these quality measures. We’re chasing an improvement, but it’s all analyzing old data and trying to implement new processes, documentation, and workflow to help improve the outcome and drive patient safety.”

Combining EHR systems with technology from outside vendors capable of structuring large swaths of data accessible through health databases is already a big step in the right direction toward avoiding overwhelming providers with information. Still, Chang hopes for an even more streamlined future.

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