Brian Yeaman, MD, Chief Administrative Officer of Coordinate Care Oklahoma – a Cerner supported Health Information Exchange (HIE) that supports Oklahoma – has been awarded the 2015 Physician IT Leadership Award for his significant leadership in applying IT to the needs of physicians while serving society and the industry.
Brian Yeaman, MD, Chief Administrative Officer of Coordinated Care Oklahoma – a Cerner supported Health Information Exchange (HIE) that supports Oklahoma – has been awarded the 2015 Physician IT Leadership Award for his significant leadership in applying IT to the needs of physicians while serving society and the industry.
For more than 10 years, Yeaman has designed, implemented and managed HIEs. Today, Yeaman + Associates, his consulting group, manages three HIEs, connecting nearly 10 million lives in Oklahoma, Alabama and Georgia.
He also still practices out of his clinic, Yeaman Signature Health Clinic, where he sees the impact of interoperability first hand. “I spend a lot of my day as a primary care physician trying to get information from other sources,” said Yeaman.
His expertise in connecting relevant information from disparate sources helps physicians make sense of the patient story. It brings together a more holistic view of a patient’s therapies and tests, assisting the physician in making the right decisions in light of that information.
“Just in terms of pure patient safety alone, I think it’s a significant impact,” said Yeaman.
All three HIEs managed by Yeaman + Associates use Cerner’s Health Information Exchange solution, which focuses on the secure exchange of critical patient summaries within the clinician’s workflow.
“I think Cerner is really heavily invested in wanting to help be the connector, help build these bridges in the community,” said Yeaman. “In terms of a set of services, the ability to create connections, even pricing of connections in these solutions really sets the trend for the entire industry.”
Yeaman was also the principal investigator, primary author and architect for an ONC Challenge Grant to interconnect acute care and long term care facilities through an HIE. The effort combined early intervention assessments and gained significant national attention. For one health system, Yeaman documented a 21.1 percent reduction in 30 day readmissions, 70 percent reduction in 30 day return to ER and an estimated $860 thousand ROI over a 6-month period. Overall findings from the ONC Challenge Grant can be found in The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.
Yeaman has also served as a CMIO and Medical Director of Informatics for the Oklahoma City-area HIE, SMRTnet.
SMRTnet made headlines in May 2013, when a tornado forced one area hospital to evacuate patients to other local hospitals and the HIE allowed physicians and clinicians access to the patients’ medical records. At the time, more than 90 percent of hospital beds in the area were connected to the HIE.
Yeaman’s other accolades include recognition as an Office of the National Coordinator of Health Care (ONC) HIT fellow and, more recently, one of only five physicians to debrief the US Congress on behalf of the HIMSS EHR Association (EHRA).
But, while he says winning awards is nice, Yeaman said he still has plenty left to do.
“We are also looking at how our patients are moving about the community,” he said. “Trying to target where we can intervene and make big changes that really drive a lot of quality care, patient safety and, I think, some very big returns.”