Health Data Management recently announced the honorees in its program to recognize the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. All will be recognized at our event May 12 in Boston. Leading up to that event, HDM editors are highlighting some of the honorees—today, we feature Mary Beth Mitchell, who is CNIO at Texas Health Resources.

Mary Beth Mitchell
Mary Beth Mitchell

Name: Mary Beth Mitchell

Title: CNIO

Organization: Texas Health Resources

Years in HIT: 18

Previous Positions/Background:

  • Senior Director, ACI Applied clinical informatics, Tenet Healthcare (2008-2010)
  • Responsible for Clinical Informatics Program and Training for the Cerner EMR implementations of Tenet's 46 hospitals across 12 states.
  • Director of Clinical informatics, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (1994-2008)
  • Led various implementations, including Epic EMR with CPOE, after four years as clinical nurse specialist.

Job Responsibilities:
Provide clinical leadership for all IT projects that relate to nursing. Serve as liaison between nursing staff and IT staff, making sure the interests of nurses are represented in IT projects, and that nursing staff understand IT constraints. Instituted a system-wide Nursing Informatics Council to promote direct involvement in IT projects by nursing staff. Sits on THR’s CNO Council. Developed hospital intranet and populated it with hospital policies and procedures, as well as other resource material for staff, and worked with human resources department as clinical expert in implementing nurse scheduling systems. Engaged in ongoing effort to optimize and extend use of the EHR, including integration of IV pumps and development of applications for mobile devices, for use by nurses and patients.

Achievements:

  • Implemented one of the first enterprise electronic health record systems in the Dallas area.
  • Winner, 2015 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award
  • Chair, HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee
  • Instrumental in helping THR win HIMSS Davies Award for using HIT to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment, as well as HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award.
  • Co-founder, Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the American Nursing Informatics Association.

HIT Impact:
Mitchell created an influential training model for EHR implementations when she led the implementation team at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas in 2006. Faced with the challenge of training 3,200 staff members in five weeks, she arranged for her department to pay all costs of training, including any overtime incurred by any trainee as a result of losing work time to training classes. Staff attending training were also required to arrive on time for each class and stay until the end; doors were closed at the beginning of class and latecomers were required to reschedule their training. "We had to have each seat full in every class in order to get everyone trained," Mitchell recalls. "We didn't have time to stop for latecomers to catch up." Training was conducted by professional trainers rather than in-house "super-users," though the latter group were used as a resource for the instructors.

Mitchell is proud of her achievements as a mentor of nurse informaticists. All of her staff either have master's degrees in nursing informatics or are enrolled in a graduate program currently. She encourages them to do presentations at regional and national meetings, as she herself does, and to get involved in national organizations. "It's really important to start getting people ready to take over leadership roles," she says.

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