Following is a profile of Kevin Meldrum, one of the 2013 EHR Game Changers who were recognized in the annual program sponsored by Health Data Management. For information about this year's recognition program, click here.
For Kevin Meldrum, the career wake-up call was the pounding on the door. The VA-a nationwide group of 152 hospitals serving veterans-had launched an early iteration of computerized physician order entry, and the keyboard-driven system flopped. "We wanted physicians to use the orders," he recalls. The door pounding came from a group of residents who demanded to know if he were the one responsible for the program. "They wanted to know who wrote the software that they didn't want to use. It was a profound experience."
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