What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I have a house full! I have three kids, two dogs, three goats, nine chickens and four ducks. I love a busy, loud and crazy house!
What is a book or TV show you recommend and why?
My all-time favorite leisure reading book is All the Light We Can Not See by Anthony Doerr. For work-related reading, I typically pick books connected to a current situation, so I get at least a tidbit from each one. Two I regularly recommend are Dare to Lead by Brene Brown and Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your Life Depends on It by Chris Voss. My favorite TV show is The Office. I’ve probably watched from start to finish the whole series at least 3 times. Surely, the reason why I love The Office needs no explanation!
How would you explain interoperability in one sentence?
Interoperability allows EHR systems to connect directly with the potential to improve efficiency, accuracy, access and coordination of care!
What is your dream for interoperability?
My dream is to completely eliminate any patient demographic data entry. As a pediatric home health provider, our patients always have been seen already by another healthcare provider. I have an incredible team working to connect families to our wonderful clinicians; their talents could be put to such better use than inputting demographic information, medications, allergies, etc.
We all hear about the massive nursing shortage across our country regularly, yet we have nurses making phone calls and documenting hours upon hours each day. Precious time is spent by my team calling and tracking down information from our physician office partners, which pulls from their resources as well. I want all our focus and time to be spent on things that actually enhance our patient care and experience. I believe interoperability will get us there!