Alan Jansujwicz, MD, FACC

JansujwiczAlanMD-jpeg.pngFunction in the hospital: as EMMC’s inpatient chief medical informatics officer, Dr. Jansujwicz is responsible for coordinating activities between physicians/non-physician providers and the information technology community. He helps providers interact with the electronic medical record for the greatest benefit and provides guidance about what computer applications EMMC should pursue and providers should use. In collaboration with the ambulatory chief medical informatics officer, Michael Ross, MD, he helps physicians and non-physician colleagues meet the challenges of a patient care system that relies on technology to an ever-increasing extent. Dr. Jansujwicz is also the director of the congestive heart failure service and is active in all non-invasive cardiology areas at EMMC. Over the last several years, the care of heart failure patients has increasingly become his main area of focus within cardiology.

The road to here: Dr Jansujwicz came to Bangor in January of 2006 after completing residency, fellowship, and serving as a staff cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Prior to pursuing medical school at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine, he received degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and biology and from Boston University in biomedical engineering. His engineering background positions him to successfully lead the integration of technology and medicine.

“Over the 10 plus years I have been at EMMC, I have both felt and noted the frustrations of physicians and others as they have tried to interact with the electronic medical record and medical-based technology in general,” he says. “I feel that my technical background combined with my experience in the practice of clinical medicine can be used to improve patient care and the daily practice of medicine for my colleagues.”

What he’s trying to do: Dr. Jansujwicz wants to make the electronic medical record more user-friendly for both physicians and patients. He believes that by doing so colleagues will be more satisfied with how they deliver care, and patients will appreciate how technology can improve care. “Ultimately, I would like users of healthcare technology to feel like they are always using a new iPhone and not a Commodore 64,” he says.

Guiding principle: “A colleague and wise man once told me to try to do just a little good every day,” he says.

Proudest Accomplishment: Dr. Jansujwicz is proud to be a part of the team that developed a comprehensive congestive heart failure program at EMMC. This work involved collaborating with pharmacists, nurses, physicians, care managers, and others. “This exemplifies the team approach necessary to care for patients with complex and life threatening conditions in a thoughtful and compassionate manner,” he says. “I hope to utilize such experience to be a part of similar accomplishments in the practice of informatics at EMMC and EMHS.”