Meeting the P’s

Posted By on Jun 29, 2015 | 0 comments


By Jason Province

 

Over the last several articles we have looked at different aspects of Healthcare IT and how it affects our daily lives. What we haven’t gone over much are the people behind the scenes making all these changes and innovations possible. In a two part interview we will be sitting down with the two P’s of P Squared LLC and take a deeper look into their roles in the Healthcare IT world and what they’ve experienced over the years. Our first P and CEO and managing partner of P Squared LLC is Raymond Province.

 

Q: You spent many years outside of the Health IT world and then spent many more years working, not only in a hospital, but running your own clinics. What kind of impact, if any, have you seen over your career with Healthcare IT having on the lives of not only clients but the medical staff as well?

 

RP: Wow. The nature of medical records has dramatically changed in my career. I began with paper charts, paper schedules for physicians, etc. Patients had no access to their medical record online. Early attempts to develop software, like IDX, were very DOS based, making use of Function keys to navigate. There were no “Windows like” gooey style interfaces for the application end user. We also lost a lot of good physicians and clinical staff who simply could not adapt to the changes when EMR’s starting rolling out.

 

Q: You work a lot with electronic health records and setting up systems in hospitals and medical facilities to handle these records. In your time, what kind of benefits or success have you seen with companies making the transition from paper filing to EHR?

 

RP: Certainly, health care has been able to significantly increase their access to their patient data. Reporting has gotten better, especially in light of initiatives around Meaning Use, Value Based Purchasing, etc. The sharing of medical data across health care institutions has also gotten better. Physicians can access patient records from virtually anywhere with cloud based applications, mobile devices, Bring Your Own Device initiatives, etc. On a different note, our efforts to create the “paperless health care record” have not happened. I believe healthcare organizations have also failed to see the reductions in staff that the coming of EMR’s touted. Electronic health records are also expensive. Period.

 

Q: You’ve spent many years now working with Epic Hyperspace but have you ever worked with another program over the years? If so, what differences have you noticed?

 

RP: Yes I have. I have worked with Cerner, IDX, Meditech, and Allscripts. I have also worked on projects for various ancillary software applications like Sunquest, PACS, Mosaic, and a host of others. Some of the applications have developed to meet the needs of interfacing equipment, or provide a niche to a certain specialty. In many cases, these applications have been able to customize their workflows, designs, etc. to be very helpful to the end user. Meditech tends to be a better application for smaller institutions with smaller budgets. Cerner and Epic tend to dominate the current U.S. market for large healthcare institutions. In terms of commonality, most EMR’s are very “physician centric.” It’s always refreshing to also be able to design systems that benefit the hosts of people to support our Providers.

 

Q: What does P Squared LLC offer a company interested in making the switch to an EMR?

 

RP: I would have to say experience in the field. I have a blended career path that has allowed me to have a better insight into designing EMR’s that would work. I have also been around the industry long enough to have seen many good and bad implementation strategies across various software systems. The other strategic advantage P Squared offers is we have worked with many quality healthcare systems. Now no one likes a “know it all” who comes in as a consultant and tells clients they should be doing things like some other institution. It’s not that kind of experience. What I am referring to is the experience to: 1) get healthcare institutions in contact with other institutions for “brain storming”, and 2) being able to appropriately offer alternatives.

 

Great insight into our CEO’s experience over the years and his take on Healthcare IT. In our next article we will be sitting down with Leon Pechatnikov, our COO. Don’t forget to check out our other articles and make sure you go and like us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected.