Our healthcare community met at Wilmer Hale in Waltham to listen to Dr. George Brenckle, CIO at UMASS Memorial Medical Center, discuss the complete overhaul of the medical center's IT systems. It was a massive undertaking and quoting Dr. Brenckle "that was really fun and I never want to do it again"! UMASS Memorial, located in central Massachusetts, is a 7 hospital system employing 13,500 people, 70,000 in-patient visits and 1.6M out-patient visits per year. The presentation discusses the shift from a Meditech-centric environment to a distributed Sorian environment. Details on what it took, both from a technology shift as well as a cultural shift, to enable the care team to deliver better care are available here in his presentation.
I also wanted to bring your attention to our next program scheduled for November 6th. The program is focused on integrating people, processes and technology to address chronic care – in this case, diabetes. We have a Type 1 diabetic patient that will present his own data and the challenges he encounters, and a team of panelists that will discuss what they need to do to understand and conquer the problems.
Thank you to Dr. Brenckle for this time, Wilmer Hale for hosting the event and cluster sponsors IBM and Partners Healthcare.
We hope to see you soon and as always, do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to chat further about how to get more involved with MassTLC.