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CHE Executive Authors Electronic Medical Records Article for National Clinical Publication

Newtown Square, PA, August 21, 2012 – Michael J. McCoy, M.D., chief medical information officer for Catholic Health East, was published in the September 2012 edition of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. McCoy’s article, Electronic Medical Records: Caveats for Users, provides his perspective on the adaptation of electronic medical records (EMRs) in the office-based practice. The article focuses on the concepts that physicians must understand in order to properly select, implement and optimize electronic medical records systems, and offers some important caveats to those who are in the midst of this transition.

“What is it that we, or our group, want to achieve in this upheaval of change that we are contemplating or have embarked upon?” asks McCoy. “Hopefully, it is to leverage the power of technology to aid in the delivery of better care.” He concludes that EMR “... is a tool that must be used wisely. Implemented poorly, without a vision of what the tool is capable of and what one’s commitment has to be to be successful, it will yield poor or limited results.”

Each issue of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology is a complete symposium on one or two timely topics of interest in obstetrics and gynecology. McCoy’s article is included in a compendium of articles on the topic of office gynecology. For each quarterly issue, two prominent guest editors solicit contributions on key clinical topics of interest to practicing physicians. Procedures, current clinical problems, medical and surgical treatments, and effective diagnostic aids are all carefully reviewed in original articles. The result is an instructive resource that dispenses trustworthy clinical guidance that enhances the Ob/Gyn’s understanding of key areas of his/her practice.

McCoy has served as CHE’s chief medical information officer since the position was created in May 2010. In his role, he collaborates with information services, the clinical transformation department and other departments in the selection, development and effective implementation of computerized patient record systems. He focuses on issues of quality, safety, usability, process improvement and ensures that all clinicians are fully engaged in the entire process.

Prior to joining CHE, McCoy was the chief executive of a consultancy and services company focused on physicians and their adoption of technology. He was a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist for 20+ years, using an electronic medical record (EMR) system in his office for the past several years of practice. He serves as The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) national health information technology strategist and co-chairs the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Patient Care Coordination committee, helping develop clinical interoperability profiles referenced in national standards.