- Brian Yeaman, MD, a primary care doctor practicing in Norman, Okla., has been named the recipient of the 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award. Yeaman is chief administrative officer for Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO), a health information exchange (HIE) providing participants with access to more than 4.7 million patients covering a five-state geographic area.
The award recognizes “significant leadership in the area of applying IT to the needs of physicians,” according to a Jan. 7 statement issued by HIMSS. The recipient must also have a demonstrated record of service to HIMSS and/or the health IT industry.
Yeaman has more than 10 years of healthcare informatics experience. He served as chief medical information officer for Norman Regional Health System, and guided both inpatient and outpatient EHR implementations and meaningful use attestation for Stages 1 and 2. In addition, he led the clinical collaborative in establishing one of the first HIEs in Oklahoma, which served more than 3 million patients. He followed that work with his current position at CCO, which has established a model for HIE sustainability under private funding and governance.
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to practice medicine as well as serve on the front lines of defining a new healthcare. I feel that we are still early in our journey of realizing the potential we have to improve care delivery with interoperability and health IT across the board," said Yeaman in a public statement.
The records exchanged through CCO have been contributed by 7 health systems, 49 hospitals and more than 3,500 providers. The HIE’s mission is to “increase clinical efficiencies and provide tools to improve clinical workflow with a secure, provider-centered approach to healthcare information." The organization strives to improve transitions of care, thereby reducing administrative burdens and costs across the healthcare continuum.
Patient information available through CCO includes: diagnoses, vital signs, history and physicals, discharge summaries, medications, allergies, immunizations, encounters, laboratory results, provider reports, procedures, anatomic pathology and microbiology reports, and recommendations. The HIE supports federated and centralized connections to most EHR systems, and enables transmission of clinical data via HL7 or structured clinical documents.
During his time at Norman Regional Health System, Yeaman advocated for making EHR systems more usable. “A lot of the traditional design in a lot of legacy systems was never really built to encompass the full range of physician documentation and order entry, Yeaman told Health Affairs in a September 2015 article. The health system deployed speech-input technologies to help alleviate EHR documentation burdens.
Yeaman is also CEO of Yeaman & Associates, which contracts with healthcare organizations to devise and implement strategies for health outcomes improvement through practical application of technology.
The Physician IT Leadership Award will be presented on March 3 during the HIMSS16 conference in Las Vegas.