The Intersection of Health IT and Policy: Roundabout or Blinking Green, Yellow, or Red Lights

Andrew Gettinger, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Friday, February 14, 2014, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

Congress authorized the investment of $32 Billion (HITECH Act part of ARRA, the Stimulus Bill) to foster the adoption and use of health IT by hospitals and eligible providers. This talk will explore the rationale, assumptions, status of this initiative, and expectations of the policy makers as the Act approaches the halfway point. We will explore some of the more challenging aspects of health IT such as identity management, interoperability, workflow, clinician/patient satisfaction, and safety issues such as alerts and alert-fatigue.

About the Speaker

Andrew Gettinger is professor of anesthesiology and associate dean for clinical informatics at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and has recently completed service as the chief medical information officer (CMIO) for Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Gettinger has extensive experience in the field of health information technology. He led the development of an electronic health record (EHR) system at Dartmouth and subsequently was the senior physician leader during Dartmouth’s transition to a vendor-based EHR. Gettinger’s clinical practice and research has been focused both on anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and on information technology as it applies generally to health care. He founded the clinical informatics group at Dartmouth. He has been an active participant in the policy debates regarding patient privacy at both the state and federal level. He recently completed service in Senator Orrin G. Hatch’s office as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. Gettinger received his AB from Dartmouth College and his MD from Dartmouth Medical School. He trained at the Hartford Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, and critical care medicine. He is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine and was one of the inaugural group of physicians certified in clinical informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 2013.