Sarah Corley, chief medical officer for NextGen Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems and a provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, has been elected to serve on the HIMSS Electronic Health Record (EHR) Association Executive Committee.
The executive committee represents the EHR Association in collaboration with other industry organizations such as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the American Hospital Association (AHA), College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), by setting Association policy and direction in conjunction with Association workgroups.
The executive committee is responsible for establishing the guiding principles of the EHR Association and for developing and implementing strategic plans.
In her role as NextGen's chief medical officer, on a day-to-day basis, Corley ensures NextGen products meet the needs of clinicians, such as clinical documentation and adherence to regulatory requirements.
She also manages a team of physicians employed by NextGen Healthcare to help clients maximize the benefits of health IT and improve workflow.
"I am honored to be elected member of the executive committee for the EHR Association. This opportunity allows us to work with our vendor colleagues, policy makers and private organizations to help support and improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare through information technology," Corley said.
"It's essential that vendors work together to improve the quality of healthcare provided in this country. As both a medical provider and chief medical officer of a leading EHR vendor, I am focused on ensuring that providers have access to the technology they need to meet the increased challenges brought about by healthcare reform. Now, more than ever, this means achieving improved outcomes for patients and greater operational efficiency for healthcare organizations."
Corley continues to serve part-time as a primary care internist in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. She also currently serves as the chair of the EHR Association Patient Safety Workgroup, collaboratively working with member companies and key stakeholders to advance the safe use of EHRs. She has used electronic health records for the past 20 years and has spoken extensively on the subject. Her research interest lies in using EHRs to improve quality in medical practices.
"We look forward to the contributions Sarah will make in this capacity. Since joining NextGen, I have been impressed by her professionalism, knowledge, collaborative spirit and absolute dedication to the positive impact that electronic health records can have on patient outcomes. The EHR Association's recognition of her leadership and the expertise she brings will positively affect its mission," said Michael Lovett, executive vice president and general manager for NextGen Healthcare.
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