I love the power of language and stories to convey meaning, build understanding and challenge firmly held beliefs. This passion led me to become an English major in college. I thought I was bound for a career of writing and teaching. It wasn't until I took a class examining the overlap of literature and medicine that I appreciated how the practice of medicine was, itself, a discipline of storytelling and understanding. Patients and family have their own stories to tell and our job as physicians is to listen, understand and even participate in those stories to steer those under our care towards meaningful conclusions.
Today, caring for patients isn’t the only way I put these passions and skills to work. As associate chief medical information officer, I manage and work extensively with information systems including our electronic health record. Much of what I do on a daily basis is using language and communication to bridge two worlds that often speak different languages: information technology and medicine.
It’s my job to understand how healthcare professionals can better leverage medical technology to offer improved, safer and more effective healthcare to patients and families and then translate that vision into language our partners in information services can understand and execute upon. The end result is, I hope, information systems that help doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals provide the best care possible for our patients.
This operational work, along with my research, falls under a field known as clinical informatics. I’ve always enjoyed learning how technology works by tinkering with gadgets, building my own computers and exploring programming—which is yet another way of using language to build and explore the world!
The works that most excites me involves the continued evolution of data, analytics and visualization techniques at Cincinnati Children’s to discover solutions to operational and clinical problems. One example of this would be efforts to leverage clinical data sources to enable more nimble quality improvement through visualization, notification and deeper insight into successes and failures.
I first started working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center during my residency in 2010. After serving one year as chief resident, I now serve as faculty in the Division of Hospital Medicine, where I care for children who are too sick to go home after visiting the emergency room or clinic but do not have severe enough health problems to be in the intensive care unit (ICU). My research has been published in various journals, including Applied Clinical Informatics, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Quality and Safety.
Clinical informatics; decision support tools; patient safety; analytics and visualization
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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics