“Why are we even doing this?” says Dr. Theal. “We know this is going to be painful. Implementing advanced health information systems is a blood, sweat and tears exercise. So, why shouldn’t we just stay on paper?”
Dr. Theal, Gastroenterologist and Chief Medical Information Officer at Toronto’s North York General Hospital, led the implementation of a Cerner clinical information system. He’s become a recognized expert at developing and implementing advanced EMRs and advises hospitals and health systems around the world.