Choosing the right direction

Harris Stutman, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease specialist, stopped practicing about five years ago, around the time that the HITECH Act was passed. Involved deeply in clinical informatics for two decades and by that time chief information medical officer at six-hospital MemorialCare in Southern California, he knew an already heavy workload wasn't going to get any better as the move to electronic health records accelerated. "Working 70 hours a week and some weekends to boot wasn't something I wanted to continue," he says. "I practiced for 36 years, so I did my share."

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