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Kevin J. Lang, a speaker at the marcus evans National Healthcare CFO Summit Fall 2013, on optimizing a healthcare organization’s clinical and financial EHR System. ...

Kevin J. Lang, a speaker at the marcus evans National Healthcare CFO Summit Fall 2013, on optimizing a healthcare organization’s clinical and financial EHR System.

Interview with: Kevin J. Lang, Executive VP, Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center

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    Optimizing Your EHR System - Kevin J. Lang, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center Optimizing Your EHR System - Kevin J. Lang, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center Document Transcript

    • Interview with: Kevin J. Lang, Executive VP, Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center “Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are so robust that healthcare organizations have to develop processes linked to the operational leaders to continually refine them in order to pull meaningful financial and clinical data from them,” says Kevin J. Lang, E x e c u t i v e V P , F i n a n c e a n d Administration/Chief Financial Officer, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center. However, EHR is the first step to capture and evaluate patient specific information for an organization to achieve population management, the value of which is immeasurable, he goes on to say. Lang is a speaker at the marcus evans National Healthcare CFO Summit Fall 2013, in Los Angeles, California, October 20-22. How can healthcare Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) get more out of their EHR systems? The biggest challenge and opportunity with EHRs today is the need to continually refine them and be intentional about how data is mined for information as part of a metric driven culture, to make the best decisions by coordinating the staff data mining. Secondly, the electronic medical record must be configured to achieve a balance of capturing information in such a way that it does not hurt the productivity of clinicians, physicians and nurses. For a cost effective operation, their participation in the workflow design is essential. How could EHRs be more efficient? You have to work with clinicians to pre- program an efficient use of information. We thought we could do this in one or two years, but it is taking us longer. We have to continually think about how we can maximize efficiency. Physicians do not always record the exact time spent with patients when they are charting, as they often go back to health information management late at night. But in order to save time, money and make the best financial decisions, we have to make sure the record is complete. As a CFO, what do you wish to achieve with your EHR system? I believe that the more you focus on quality, the less expensive it will be. It is about having the appropriate information at the right time in order to make it easier to make the right decision. That will reduce the utilization of services and make people more productive. Whether it is the clinicians or the coding people, I want our organization to be as efficient as possible in every single way. Without i n f o r m a t i o n w e c a n n o t c o d e appropriately or get bills out quickly. We want to be able to coordinate care. That was not possible on the old system but we are now on one platform - physicians, hospital and outpatient services - so we can centralize these functions. That opens so many different opportunities. What is the true potential of EHRs? When every organization goes electronic and starts sharing data, that is when we can do population management. It is the first step towards taking off as a community or country, offering better care and reducing costs. Physicians will be able to know what tests patients have already undergone and what prescriptions they are on. As providers of care we can begin to use the information to promote wellness initiatives so people are healthier. Many people are on ten or more prescriptions and even if they take their list in, physicians have to ask many questions until they figure everything out. That is a waste of their time. Without electronic records, how can they provide care? Having the information in front of them is invaluable, especially in acute care when it is needed in even tighter timeframes. Hospitals have to be intentional about what they are trying to accomplish with EHRs and not just put data in for the sake of doing so. They have to measure, track and continue to improve as part of a metric drive culture. Hospitals have to be intentional about what they are trying to accomplish Optimizing Your EHR System
    • About marcus evans Summits marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtables and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.com Upcoming Events CFO Summit - www.cfosummits.com National Healthcare CXO Summit - www.nhcxosummit.com To view the web version, please click here: www.nhcfosummit.com/KevinJLang The Finance Network – marcus evans Summits group delivers peer-to-peer information on strategic matters, professional t r e n d s a n d b r e a k t h r o u g h innovations. Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited. About the National Healthcare CFO Summit Fall 2013 This unique forum will take place at the Westin Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, October 20-22, 2013. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on revenue cycle management, the future of healthcare, bundled payment models and ensuring efficiency through a clinical and financial EHR system. www.nhcfosummit.com Contact Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 313 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.com