Health IT Stories
Health IT Stories

Several Health IT Stories have been selected from the federal site New Jersey stories will be added in future, and you are encouraged to send us stories you would like to share about your experiences with Electronic Health Records, Health IT, and how they helped you as a provider or how they might have helped you had they been in place when you needed them.

Jennifer Brull, MD: ‘I Found Cancer Earlier’
Jennifer Brull, M.D., is a family physician in the rural town of Plainville, KS. Her EHR has allowed Dr. Brull to track quality measures to make sure that patients are getting the right screenings when they need it. Here is Dr. Brull’s story.

Dr. Larry Garber: ‘EHRs Mean Better Information, Better Decisions, and Better Care, Says Internist’—‘I’ll never go back to paper records’
Index cards were the name of the game when Dr. Larry Garber started practicing medicine more than 25 years ago. "There were computers—the standard dinosaur computers—and we did have some information on them. But you’d have to walk down to the lab to get the results that were printing out," said Garber. From 2005 to 2007, Garber, an internist and Medical Director of Informatics at Reliant Medical Group (formerly known as Fallon Clinic) in Worcester, Massachusetts, led an upgrade of the Fallon Clinic's electronic health record (EHR) and practice management technology. The undertaking was ambitious, to say the least. Reliant Medical Group is a large multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 250 physicians providing primary and specialty services at nearly 30 facilities throughout central Massachusetts. Today, more than 1,700 Reliant Medical Group employees use the EHR. According to Garber, "None of us would ever go back to paper."

Dr. Christopher Tashjian: ‘I Never Met a Doc Who Wanted to Go Back to Paper Records’
A specialist in family medicine, Dr. Christopher Tashjian practices in rural Ellsworth, WI. In the year since his practice switched to electronic health records (EHRs), Dr. Tashjian has seen his diabetic patients taking more ownership of their care, thanks to printed visit summaries with follow-up instructions. Dr. Tashjian is one of the Meaningful Use Vanguard ("MUVer") and believes the meaningful use measures are in place to help providers offer patients quality health care. Here is Dr. Tashjian's story.

Dottie Bringle, R.N.: ‘And Then the Storm Hit’ on Joplin, MO
Dottie Bringle, R.N., is chief nursing officer of St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO. She was on her way to Ireland for a vacation in May when the devastating Joplin tornado struck. She rushed back home to find that her hospital had been destroyed – but that all patient health records were safe because they had been stored on an EHR. Here is Ms. Bringle’s story.