What started as a vision to implement health IT across its organization ended in Stage 7 recognition for 18 MetroHealth facilities. The health system’s CMIO explains the journey.

In 1999, when the Cleveland, Ohio-based MetroHealth system went live on its electronic health record (EHR) with its first ambulatory site, the underlying mission of the organization was to implement health IT across the system—not for the sake of health IT, but instead to use it as an enabler to provide better healthcare at a lower cost, says David Kaelber, M.D., Ph.D., CMIO at MetroHealth. “At that time, we said that if we really wanted to be a healthcare system of the future, it needs to be technology-enabled,” Kaelber says.

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