Healthcare IT SIG: Hospital and Physician Office Work Flows Relative to Healthcare IT



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    Hospital and Physician Office Work Flows Relative to Healthcare IT

    This is a session to discuss how care is delivered and how this relates to the design and use of information technology in hospitals, doctors' offices, and other patient settings. Not just electronic medical records, but bedside monitoring devices, remote monitoring devices (used at home or at care facility), and mobile applications (both for clinicians and for patients/consumers). 

    This is intended to help entrepreneurs and developers appreciate the context into which they would be introducing innovations. We plan to cover things like integrating software and devices with legacy IT systems, doctor-patient communications, collecting and disseminating clinical data, and (if there's time) revenue cycle management. 

    Following this meeting, we will be taking applications for a limited number of developers and entrepreneurs to attend a briefing and tour at a local hospital.


    Michael Aratow, MD, Director of Medical Informatics at CEP America & Chief Medical Information Officer, San Mateo Medical Center

    Dr. Michael Aratow is the Director of Medical Informatics for CEP America. He practices at San Mateo Medical Center where he is also Chief Medical Information Officer. There he has helped to implement the Emergency Department Information System, and an outpatient Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record for general and specialty clinics that collectively see about 250,000 annual visits. Dr. Aratow received his bachelor's in Biology, Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, a surgical internship at University of California, San Francisco and his Emergency Medicine training at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in Chicago. He also has performed an orthopedic research fellowship at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and was a research consultant at NASA -Ames Research Center in basic physiology and virtual environment projects. Michael is active in 3D computer graphics standards activities, especially as it relates to 3D medical images.

    Enoch Choi, MD, Urgent Care Physician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

    Dr. Enoch Choi is a Family Medicine Physician and Partner in the Urgent Care Department of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a Sutter Affiliate. Dr. Choi has made online healthcare an important initiative at PAMF, where he delivers patient care both in the physical facilities as well as virtually, online. Using electronic medical records coupled with a patient portal, Dr. Choi communicates with patients about their health concerns then provides prescriptions online. He provides answers to general health questions at His consulting practice encompasses expert witness work for cases concerning EMR and medical devices, and product development work on EMRs and online consumer health sites. A MedHelp professional medical journalist and daily blogger, Dr. Choi is also a frequent national speaker.  The Enoch Choi Foundation sends medical professionals in short term deployments for disaster medical relief providing acute care, public health and spiritual care to develop and disseminate best practices. 

    Richard Loomis, MD, Director of Medical Informatics at Practice Fusion

    Dr. Loomis is the Director of Medical Informatics at Practice Fusion, Inc., the largest physician-patient platform. As a member of the product team, he oversees the clinical optimization of Practice Fusion’s health IT solutions, including the design and development of their electronic health record and patient portal platforms for physicians, patients, and partners. In addition to his role on the product team, Dr. Loomis also serves as a physician and informatics advisor to other departments within the organization, including business development, legal, design, and marketing. With an extensive background in both healthcare and informatics, Dr. Loomis brings strong clinical and technical expertise to company initiatives related to workflow optimization, clinical decision support, quality measurement, and analytics. 

    Prior to joining Practice Fusion, Dr. Loomis was the physician lead of the Southern California Medical Informatics group with Kaiser Permanente, where he managed a large team of healthcare professionals on a wide range of informatics projects from natural language processing to predictive analytics. He also architected a population care management platform for approximately 4 million patients and supervised numerous clinical data mining projects involving both structured and unstructured data.

    Dr. Loomis received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan and completed an Informatics Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He trained in anesthesiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Prior to his medical education, Dr. Loomis received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Management.

    Connie Chen, MD, Digital Health and Innovation Principal at Kaiser Permanente

    Dr. Chen is currently Digital Health and Innovation Principal at Kaiser Permanente where she works with KP's IT and Care Management Institute on digital health strategy.  Dr Chen studied Economics & Health Policy at Harvard before completing her MD at UCSF and coming to Stanford to train in Internal Medicine. Along the way, she worked as a market analyst writing about the digital health landscape for ONC at Health 2.0 and was an early employee at HealthTap in a product marketing role where she founded and scaled its physician network to 6,000+ members. Dr Chen currently also serves as Medical Director at StartX Med, the Stanford-affiliated technology accelerator, where she works with early stage digital health, device, and biotechnology companies.

    (Canceled due to schedule conflict:  Robert Rowley, MD, Chief Medical Officer at GroupMD & former Practice Fusion CMO)

    (Canceled due to schedule conflict: Aenor Sawyer, MD, MS, Associate Director, Strategic Relations, Center for Digital Health Innovation UCSF; Director UCSF Skeletal Health Service)


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments
    7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Announcements and Introductions
    7:15 - 8:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion
    8:30 - 8:45 p.m. Wrap-up / Networking