St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Ky., wanted to put in an electronic health record system, and CIO Randy McCleese drafted family physician Will Melahn, M.D., to be its physician champion.

It wasn't just that he tended to be up on the latest technologies (although he does have an active Twitter account, and had already been through an EHR implementation in his own office). He also had pushed for a combined inpatient/outpatient record, feeling hobbled by the lack of complete information when he made his hospital rounds, and he went to the trouble of educating himself about how the records were kept and how they could be integrated. "He knows so much more than I do that I can't keep up with him," McCleese says.

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