Michael Ross, MD, FAAP, FACMI

ross.jpgFunction in the hospital: Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Ambulatory Clinics.

The road to here: Dr. Ross first became interested in the use of technology in medicine as a resident, developing novel and unique ways to incorporate portable technology into my role as a pediatrics housestaff. As electronic medical records began to be incorporated into modern practice, he became interested in their ability to support decision making via clinical decision support, reduce medical errors through logic checking, and enhance documentation via electronic notes. He became involved in the local governance for Centricity, first as the EMR representative for his local practice, and then in a larger role focusing on the representation of Pediatrics within the EMR. In 2014, he decided to formally pursue medical informatics in addition to Pediatrics, and he undertook further study in informatics, culminating in an informatics board certification in 2015. He remains a practicing physician, with a vibrant general pediatrics practice. 

What he's trying to do: Provide clinical guidance and leadership within IS to ensure the voice of the patient and the provider remains paramount in the development of the electronic record. 

Guiding principle: The EMR is a tremendous tool for improving patient care and reducing medical complications. It is still in it's infancy, and it's evolution has been a long road. The EMR should support, and never drive the clinical encounter for the care of the patient. In order to accomplish this, it is essential that the clinical voice be represented within the EMR build and development process. His goal is to ensure that the clinical voice receives adequate volume within the IS development process, either through direct leadership or delegation. Dr. Ross draws significant inspiration from his long and continued history of clinical practice in pediatrics. He currently devotes 60% of his time to clinical informatics, and 40% to his Pediatric practice. 

Proudest professional accomplishments: Caring for thousands of pediatric and adolescent patients over the last decade of practice. Leading multiple informatics projects to improve both pediatric-specific and general ambulatory patient care. Receiving his board certification in medical informatics.