Jake Lancaster, MD, MSHA, MSACI
Chief Medical Information Officer
Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
Health Information Technology (HIT), “Bridging the Gap”
Technology in every industry in business has been able to make things more efficient, automate processes, and reduce costs. However, in healthcare thus far, things have been the absolute opposite or extremely stagnant. Technology has yet to gain the same the 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 so much easier. Why?
In this presentation, we would like to take a bird’s eye view into informatics, which includes the different variations of informatics and how it impacts healthcare today. Additionally, we would like to briefly discuss what is the future of technology in healthcare, where it’s heading and what we expect to see down the road. Are we heading into even more tough roads ahead or are things going to take a turn for the better? Are we still in the infancy of the technology age in healthcare?
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.