Cherokee Nation Health Services
Donnie Parish, Chief Information Officer for Cherokee Nation Health Services, is responsible for all Health Information Technology initiatives within the Cherokee Nation. Under his leadership the Health Information Technology division has emphasized the use of information technology to improve program performance, increase patient access to care and to manage risk. The Health Information Technology Division directs all information technology capital planning and investment control, enterprise architecture, information systems, electronic government, and information resources management programs in collaboration with all other Cherokee Nation organizational components. Currently, he lead the effort of implementing a new Electronic Health Record system from Cerner to a network of eight (8) ambulatory health centers, one (1) hospital, one (1) student/employee urgent care clinic, in the tribe’s jurisdictional boundaries, serving more than 140,000 eligible patients, as well as continuing the Cherokee Nation’s long-term support of Health Information Exchanges on local, state and national levels. Donnie began working in tribal healthcare in 2004, holding various information technology management positions along the way. Prior to working with the Cherokee Nation, Mr. Parish has worked in other industry sectors such as Telecommunications and Manufacturing with an emphasis in developing information systems architecture, managing project implementations, and leading dynamic teams. Donnie has a Bachelors of Business Administration from Northeastern State University and as a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has obtained a certification as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), as well sits on many Indian Health Services Office of Information Technology workgroups and committees.
A high level journey probing the CMIO/CIO working relationship and how Cherokee Nation utilized inexpensive and disposable products to make telemedicine ubiquitous, including direct psychiatric care and the most successful Hepatitis C eradication program in the world. This topic focuses on driving adoption, behavior change, network strategy, and what physicians and patients expect from a virtual service line. In addition, an IT push strategy for future telemedicine is presented. This talk includes all the successes, failures, and lessons learned by CMIO/CIO, co-presented in an open and honest format.
· The future of telemedicine
· Cherokee Nation success with basic business software/hardware
· How to clinically leverage for telemedicine in both direct patient care and peer-to-peer clinical consults
· How to avoid costly proprietary solutions