198733 Information Technology and Physician's Practice

Sunday, November 8, 2009

David V. Stretton, PhD, MBA, CPA , School of Public Health SCiences and Professions, Ohio University, Athens, OH
A major challenge confronting health care delivery in rural physician offices is the adoption and efficient use of information technology in providing healthcare in rural areas. While most of the research surrounding this problem has focused on physicians, the non-clinical health care professionals have received much less attention. Although not a clinician or “hands on” care provider, health administrators are an integral component of a rural physician's practice. They are instrumental in the organization and efficient delivery of health care services for the practice. As such, this paper examines some of the trend associated with information technology for this position as well as factors that impact the essential skills necessary for success.

Learning Objectives:
Identify and discuss trends in technology in physician's practices related to non-clinical management

Keywords: Rural Health Care, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health Sciences and Professions. I have worked as a CFO in a rural hospital and have been responible for the administration of physician practices. I have also worked as a financial administrator for a College of Medicine.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.