Texas A&M Health and Science Center (TAMHSC) is teaming with Dell to start academy that will train practicing physicians on health information technology. In this Q&A, Paul Ogden, M.D., interim dean of the College of Medicine at TAMHSC, explains why the initiative is vital in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Not having doctors prepared to use clinical IT systems can be a vital mistake.

Just ask the leaders at Athens (Ga.) Regional Health Systems, where a botched electronic medical record (EMR) rollout cost two executives their jobs. In that case, doctors said the EMR rollout was too aggressive and they rebelled. Things might have gone a little smoother in Athens had there been an extensive doctor training program on the systems involved.

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