Target Audience

This activity is of value to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and practice
managers with an interest in managing the business side of healthcare.

Goals and Objectives

Technology in every industry in business has made things more efficient by automating processes and reducing costs. However, in healthcare thus far, things have been the absolute opposite or extremely stagnant. Technology has yet to gain the same traction and in some ways has taken a few steps backward. It has not done what we have all expected would occur; improve the quality of care for patients and improve the quality of life for providers, reduce healthcare costs, improve throughput, and make things easier. In this presentation, we will take a bird’s eye view into informatics, which includes the different variations of informatics and how it impacts healthcare today. Additionally, we will briefly discuss the future of technology in healthcare, where it’s heading and what we can expect down the road. Upon completion, learners should be better prepared to: 

  • Describe the definition of HIT and related topics discussed
  • Recognize the impact of HIT adoption
  • Recognize various Informatics fields
  • Utilize the learning objective to further their informatics knowledge
  • Recognize the benefits of HIT to improve patient care

Course Information

CME Release Date: November 12, 2019
Valid for credit through: November 12, 2020
Course type: Video
Estimated time of completion: 1 Hour

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this CME Journal Article for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Login in below to access the article in order to study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from [email protected] within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

The following individuals, unless otherwise notedhave no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Jake Lancaster, MD, MSHA, MSACI

Dr. Jake Lancaster grew up in Mississippi and completed his undergraduate degree and medical degree at the University of Mississippi. He then went on to do internal medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he also completed a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. After residency, he went on to pursue the newly created clinical informatics fellowship at Vanderbilt and continued to practice as a hospitalist in Nashville.

After completing fellowship, he went on to be the Chief Medical Information Officer in Jackson, TN where he also worked in outpatient internal medicine. He currently works at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation in Memphis, TN where he serves as their Chief Medical Information Officer. He is board certified in both internal medicine and clinical informatics and passionate about improving the efficiency and usability of Electronic Medical Record systems.

Southern Medical Association Staff:
Randall Glick

Content Reviewers:
G. Waldon Garriss, MD, MS, MBA, MHA, FAAP, MACP
Steven Strode, MD, MEd, MPH

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