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EHR Evolution: Improving Systems, Improving Care

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: Physicians of all specialties and affiliated providers involved in direct patient care.

Course Description
Did you know that your EHR can detect and manage errors that could lead to patient injury? In this 1-hour webinar, see how a multi-specialty group uses tools within the EHR to streamline practice and improve patient safety. Each of the strategies described in this groups’ examples can be applied to your facility:
  • Using clinical support tools to cross-reference patient allergies and access up-to-the minute information on drug interactions;
  • Streamlining the order entry process to provide staff with complete, legible orders;
  • Using health information exchanges to obtain the most current patient information;
  • Sharing data among other providers to reduce redundant tests.
Join the growing number of providers who have learned how access to complete and accurate information enhances patient care!

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the potential of EHRs to detect errors, improve patient safety, and quality of care.
  • Implement work/practice support systems to improve electronic data exchange.
  • Identify a physician champion to help maximize the efforts to generate quality and/or financial benefits of an EHR.

Faculty Information

Michelle Matin, MD, MS, FAAFP is a family physician practicing in Seattle for almost twenty years. In 2003, she became quality medical director for Seattle Primary Physicians and worked directly with physicians and payers on clinical quality measures. Soon after her group joined the Polyclinic, she became very interested in electronic health records and their potential to improve clinical quality of care for patients. Over the next two years she assisted with the implementation of the EHR across multiple specialty departments. She became fully certified in the Epic Ambulatory EHR application in 2011 and completed a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Informatics at the University of Washington School of Nursing in 2015. She is currently responsible for clinical quality initiatives and their reporting while practicing medicine. She is board certified in family medicine and clinical informatics.

Planning Group
Timothy L. Melhorn, MD – Internal Medicine and Medical Management, Yakima, WA
Becky Fahey, RN, MPA:HA, CPHRM – Healthcare Risk Management Consultant
David McGrath – Healthcare Risk Management Consultant at Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Cryss. Toycen – Risk Management CME Specialist, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Mesina McMurray – Content Development Project Manager, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Mary Ancheta – Risk Management Education Assistant, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA

CME Information
This CME activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Essentials.
Category 1 credit is applicable throughout the United States.
Estimated time to complete this activity:  1 hour
Physicians in Washington who complete this course will fulfill the risk management-education requirement mandated by the Washington Health Services Act of 1993.

Physicians Insurance/Experix is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Physicians Insurance/Experix designates this internet enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the criteria for up to 1 hour of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, neither the planners nor the faculty have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
Physicians Insurance/Experix has implemented a process to resolve conflicts of interest for each continuing medical education activity, to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance, and content that is aligned with the interest of the public. Conflicts, if any, are resolved through a peer-review process.


Member and Subscriber Access
Interested in a CME program like this for your team or facility? Contact us to schedule it and talk about pricing.

Original release: December 2016
Last review: March 2018
Expiration: March 2019

This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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