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Systems Not Silo's: A Q&A with MLH CIO Mark McMath (Jan 2018)

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Hospitals and health systems face many daunting challenges when it comes to effectively communicating and sharing data and information across their organizations. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH), a fully integrated delivery network including six hospitals, a home health agency, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities, hospice residence, and physician practices in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas is no different. With the busiest emergency department in TN and the entire Mid-South and named the 2016 Best Hospital IT Department in the country in the "Super Hospitals" category by Healthcare IT News, Mark McMath, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at MLH understands the many communication challenges hospitals face and how to put a secure IT infrastructure in place to combat the challenges. We sat down with Mark to discuss the subject and here's what he shared with us: Our first priority is providing great patient care. This means always looking at ways to make sure we are providing the most effective care in the most efficient way, and generating the best outcomes. Operationally, we want to ensure that when someone presents in one of our hospitals, the care team is able to access all of the information from our ambulatory locations, like the patient's primary care physician's office. And once someone is discharged from one of our facilities, we want to ensure that the relevant information is readily available for the primary care physician to follow-up. This allows our care team to have the right information at the right time to deliver effective and efficient care. not silos As a CIO, when it comes to data visibility or use, what is important to you? Q A Systems AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK MCMATH, CIO, METHODIST LE BONHEUR

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